All vehicle drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians and other road users to drive in a safe and reasonable manner at all times. Pedestrian accident claims for compensation can arise for a variety of reasons, they most commonly occur if;
- a motorist violates a traffic signal or
- a motorist fails to pay due care and attention whilst driving.
The first thing that is to be remembered when pursuing any personal injury claim is that it is in fact just that: a personal injury claim*. You must have sustained some form of injury either physical or psychological as a result of being knocked down or struck by a vehicle. Even where the driver has indeed acted negligently, even criminally so, one should note that with regard to the civil law, a potential plaintiff can only claim compensation for a personal injury loss or damage that he or she has in fact sustained. If you’ve been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may have a claim against the negligent party. Houlihan Solicitors can provide practical legal advice in resolving your claim against the party at fault so contact us on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie to speak with a member of our team .