When a Pedestrian is Injured by a Motor Vehicle

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Sadly, in Australia, hundreds of pedestrians are injured every year as a result of a motor vehicle accident.When pedestrians are involved in motor vehicle accidents, they are often more vulnerable than others as they have no protection provided by their own vehicle. As well as being hit by a car, the pedestrian may find themselves flung against the windscreen and sent flying onto the hard road. If you are unfortunate enough to be hit by a car or any other motor vehicle in Cairns, you may be entitled to compensation.

Pedestrian injuries

Sometimes pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents can result in life threatening injuries.If you are involved in an accident, make sure you seek medical help. Possible injuries sustained by a pedestrian can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts
  • Internal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Psychological injuries

Who is at risk?

In Queensland, the pedestrians most at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident are children and the elderly.This can occur as a result of poor hearing and eye sight in the elderly.Young children are at risk due to their lack of experience, knowledge and coordination.

Am I entitled to compensation?

Pedestrians involved in a motor vehicle accident can claim compensation from the driver at fault. Compensation is usually paid by the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurer of the vehicle that was involved in the accident.Anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident whether they are pedestrians, drivers, passengers or bike riders are covered by the scheme.Generally, a pedestrian’s claim might include things like:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Travel expenses;
  • Economic loss;
  • Pain and suffering; and/or
  • Domestic support.

What if the accident was my fault?

If the accident was your fault, you may still be entitled to payments covering medical costs, pain and suffering, permanent impairment and past and future financial loss.Speak to us as Cairns Compensation Lawyers and we can advise you on your claim.

Hit and Run accidents

If you are a pedestrian involved in a hit and run accident, you are probably wondering if it is possible to claim compensation.In this case, the Nominal Defendant (a statutory body established solely for the purpose of compensating people who are injured as a result of the negligent driving of unidentified and/or uninsured motor vehicles) will be liable to pay any compensation you are entitled to.Our experienced Lawyers at Cairns Compensation Lawyers can point you in the right direction and offer you expert legal advice.

How to claim pedestrian injuries compensation?

In Queensland, there are strict time limits associated with making a compensation claim for injuries sustained following a motor vehicle accident.This is usually nine months after the date of the accident.To make a claim for a road accident compensation, you must complete a Notice of Claim in the approved form and serve the document on both the owner of the vehicle involved in the accident and the vehicle’s CTP Insurer. Contact us at Cairns Compensation Lawyers and we can guide you through the whole process.

Cairns Compensations Lawyers

If you are a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident in cairns, contact Cairns Compensation Lawyers who can advise you on what steps you should take.You can often receive a higher compensation amount if you are represented by a lawyer.Contact Cairns Compensation Lawyers to find out if you are entitled to make a claim.We offer a no-win, no-fee guarantee which means our clients pay nothing for legal fees or costs associated with their claim. 

Cairns Compensation Lawyers

1/15 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870