How to claim as a pedestrian after a hit and run accident?

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Many people think that hit and run accidents can only happen to motor vehicles on the road but hit and run accidents often occur to pedestrians too. Being hit by a motor vehicle without identifying its details can be an extremely stressful experience. Pedestrians are more likely to face more severe injuries if hit by a motor vehicle due to their lack of external protection.

Common pedestrian injuries from a hit and run accident

Pedestrians are more likely to face serious injury when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle with a much higher chance of fatality. The most common types of pedestrian injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Spine injuries
  • Pedestrians are more likely to face a fatal outcome from a road traffic accident involving a motor vehicle. If you would like to find out more about fatal accidents, read our page now.

Whether the injury is more or less severe, you are entitled to claim compensation. Less severe common injuries to pedestrians include:

  • Whiplash
  • Cuts and laceration
  • Minor head injuries

The severity of injuries has a significant impact on how much compensation you will receive after your accident. Call us now for a free initial consultation to see how much compensation you may get.

How to claim if you cannot identify the driver?

Sadly, these accidents happen way too often to cyclists, motorcyclists, vehicles and pedestrians. That is why there is a government scheme to help people get compensation for their accidents if they cannot identify the other driver. The Motor Insurers Bureau provides individuals affected by a hit and run accident with the correct payment for the damages and injuries they may have faced.

Motor Insurers Bureau

The Motor Insurers Bureau was set up as a corporate government body in 1946 and funded by a yearly deduction of around £30 from all insured drivers.

If it is not possible to identify the vehicle driver who caused the accident, the Motor Insurers Bureau may provide you with the correct compensation. Claiming under MIB should be a last resort if it is impossible to claim with another company. They also work to prevent the acts of driving without the correct insurance or no insurance at all on the UK roads.

MIB will go through extensive checks to ensure that the claim can be put forward and investigated further. The claimant should provide enough evidence to back up their claim, evidence to include:

  • Witness reports
  • Proving liability
  • Gather medical reports

After MIB has accepted that you provided enough information for your claim, they will move forward with your case.

How to claim with MIB?

If you would like to claim against an untraced driver, MIB should be a last resort. Our experienced solicitors will enable you to look at your options and determine the best path for you to take. That includes looking at alternate options to claim compensation. When deciding upon proceeding with a MIB claim with professional service, the chances of a positive outcome are higher. That is due to our solicitors having extensive experience knowing how the process works. Our experienced solicitors have handled many claims like this, and we understand that all claims are different.

The time limit for claiming with MIB is three years since the occurrence of the accident under the Limitation Act of 1980. This time limit may not apply if the claimant is under 18 or lacks the mental capacity to act on their own behalf.

When will I receive compensation? 

Usually, compensation is given within three months. That includes payment for any damages as well as a personal injury because of the accident.

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We know the process thoroughly and can offer free consultations to see how much compensation you may get for your case.

Contact us now. On Your Side, Scotland can offer you free advice and consultations. We can help you on a no-win-no-fee basis. That means there will be no hidden fees.

Contact us today by phoning 0141 648 4428, emailing [email protected], or by using our website by filling out an online form.

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