Remembering the difference between pelican, puffin, toucan and even pegasus crossings* might have most of us reaching back to our driving theory tests, but the question often comes up in road traffic accidents involving pedestrians. For our unfortunate client Dale the issue was very straightforward.
Dale was crossing at a pelican crossing under the ‘green man’ when he was struck head on by a vehicle. Luckily the car was at low speed and Dale survived the impact. However what at first sight might have appeared to be a ‘glancing blow’ resulted in numerous injuries including blurred vision with nausea and vomiting, pain and stiffness in his lower back, bruising, and a soft tissue injury to his groin.
The injuries and their after-effects caused Dale to miss two weeks work and he was also restricted to light duties for two months thereafter. Physically he also struggled with his domestic chores, personal care and shopping.
Sadly, Dale’s injuries were also psychological. Having to cross roads after the accident would cause anxiety; he would replay the incident in his mind and was hyper-aware of passing cars, understandable considering the circumstances. To help with his recovery, we arranged for Dale to be seen by a psychologist to help him manage and cope.
It took time, but Dale was able to make a full recovery six months after his accident.
During the period when we were working on helping Dale to recover from his injuries, we were also pursuing his claim. The defendant admitted liability and was willing to work with us. After evaluating loss of earnings and the costs associated with his recovery and care, the matter was settled for £3,600.
If you’ve been the victim of a road traffic accident, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, we have the experience and knowledge to get your claim started and support you in your recovery. For more information, give us a call at 0800 954 0243.
Author: Lucy Smith
* On a Pegasus crossing you might be joined by a horse!