Zebra Crossing Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a zebra crossing accident we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a zebra crossing accident and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming zebra crossing injury compensation:

Introduction

Pedestrians using a zebra, pedestrian or light-controlled crossing should expect to be able to cross the road safely. So what happens if you are hit by a vehicle while using a pedestrian crossing?

The statistics

Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world. Despite this, around 400 pedestrians are killed each year when hit by a vehicle. Many more are seriously injured.

If you are injured in a pedestrian crossing accident, you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered. To do this, you must show that the car driver's negligence caused or contributed to the incident.

Do I have a zebra crossing injury claim?

As a basic rule, you can make a zebra crossing injury claim if you were injured:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a zebra crossing injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Who is liable for a zebra crossing accident?

Pedestrians have right of way when using a pedestrian crossing. However, both drivers and pedestrians must obey the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care when using a crossing.

In many cases, it may seem obvious who was negligent. When making a claim, however, all of the accident circumstances will be taken into account, including:

On the part of the driver;

  • failing to stop when the red light shows at a light-controlled crossing
  • failing to stop when a pedestrian steps onto a Zebra crossing
  • failing to slow down or approach a crossing with caution
  • not giving due consideration to the weather or road conditions
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

On the part of the pedestrian;

  • using the crossing carelessly, such as moving onto a crossing when the 'red man' is illuminated?
  • darting in front of vehicles.

What if I used the pedestrian crossing carelessly?

It may be that both parties were negligent to some degree.

If there was blame on both sides, your compensation may be reduced by the degree to which you contributed to the cause of your injuries. This is known as 'contributory negligence'.

It is doubtful that a court will ever find you 100% at fault for a pedestrian crossing accident even if you crossed the road dangerously.

The 'Highway Code' places a high duty of care on drivers in respect of pedestrians. Drivers are expected to approach crossings with extreme caution and take extra care when driving in built-up areas or around schools.

How much compensation can I claim for a zebra crossing injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your zebra crossing injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your zebra crossing injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a zebra crossing injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a life-altering back injury can be £65,000

For a more minor wrist injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £2,900.

However, if you have a life-altering back injury and a more minor wrist injury, you would typically receive £65,000 + a reduced percentage of £2,900.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for a zebra crossing injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following a zebra crossing injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your zebra crossing injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Can I see the complete judicial college tables?

The table above (excerpted from the Judicial College Tables) shows the most common zebra crossing injury claims. To see the complete list see: Judicial College Injury Tables.

Zebra crossing injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a zebra crossing injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your zebra crossing injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does a zebra crossing injury claim take?

The length of time needed to win compensation for a zebra crossing injury can vary considerably.

For example, a simple uncontested pedestrian accident claim could be settled in a matter of weeks. If liability is denied, however, a claim can take considerably longer. On average a pedestrian accident claim takes 4 to 9 months. Read more: How long will my claim take?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your zebra crossing injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

How does no win, no fee work?

'No win, no fee' means that if you do not win your zebra crossing injury claim, you won't have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA', no win, no fee is an agreement between you and the solicitor.

Our no win, no fee promise

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your zebra crossing injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my zebra crossing injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my zebra crossing injury claim?

If your zebra crossing injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Is there a catch?

The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Zebra crossing injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make a zebra crossing injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the zebra crossing injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your zebra crossing injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a zebra crossing injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim zebra crossing injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a zebra crossing injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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