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Road and pavement accidents

If you are a pedestrian who has been involved in a collision with vehicles you many have suffered severe, or even catastrophic injuries, such as brain damage, limb loss or spinal injury.

You may have been injured after slipping on a pavement or road that has not been properly maintained.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian our team of specialist serious injury solicitors can help you throughout the legal process involved in bringing a claim for compensation.

Choosing a lawyer from Leigh Day means that you will be advised by an injury claims solicitor with many years' experience.

Roads and pavements are usually maintained by the local highways authority. These authorities have a responsibility to ensure that the roads and pavements are properly maintained in a reasonable condition.

However, the fact that a tripping or slipping incident has occurred as the result of an uneven paving slab, pothole etc, does not mean that a claim for compensation will necessarily succeed.

The Courts have been careful to explain the extent of the highways authorities' legal responsibility to prevent local councils from effectively insuring all road users who suffer injuries from minor defects. Road surfaces will never be free of all hazards and road users, including pedestrians, are required to take reasonable care to avoid obvious defects.

It is important to take photos and measurements of the defect, in case the area is repaired before your claim has been reported. These will also help us in advising whether your claim has reasonable prospects of success.

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