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Pedestrian accident compensation claims

Motor vehicle accident

Accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles are tragically common, accounting for 12-13% of all road deaths in Australia. 

Most pedestrians are injured while crossing the road, with most deaths occurring in 50-60 km/h speed zones. Pedestrian accidents can also occur while walking or jogging along the side of the road, standing on the footpath or working on the road.

Pedestrian accident claims

In Australia, drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians. This duty of care is to drive carefully and to avoid causing harm or injury. If you're injured as a pedestrian because a driver beaches that duty of care, you may be entitled to claim compensation to help cover the cost of things such as lost wages and medical expenses. 

Accidents involving pedestrians 

Pedestrians are the largest single user group on our roads. This is because most of us are pedestrians at some point, whether exercising, going to work, school or the shops or accessing public or private transport.

You or your loved one could be involved in several types of road accidents as a pedestrian, including:

  • Crossing a road or intersection.

  • Accidents with a bicycle, car, truck, bus or train.

  • Witness or assisting with a pedestrian accident.

  • Ignoring ‘walk’ and ‘don’t walk’ signals at marked pedestrian crossings.

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What we will ask: 

  • Details about the accident and injuries that have happened to you or your loved one 

  • Basic personal information that is relevant and necessary for your claim

What happens next:

  • Either book a no-obligation appointment with a motor vehicle accident legal expert right away or,

  • Speak with our team about your options

Who can make a pedestrian accident claim?  

Our team of road accident experts will listen to your situation, outline your claim options based on your injuries and what occurred during the road accident. Common accidents that may be eligible for road accident compensation claims include:

Whatever your situation as a pedestrian, if you’ve been injured or have been a witness to a serious pedestrian accident and are struggling as a result, our team of road and motor vehicle accident experts can help. We can outline your pedestrian accident compensation claim options based on your physical or psychological injuries and what occurred during the road accident.

Common pedestrian accident claims

There are several common road accidents where you may be eligible to make a pedestrian accident compensation claim including:

Why a pedestrian accident lawyer is important

If you or your loved one is a pedestrian who has been injured in a road accident, it’s important to get the right legal advice as soon as possible. In an instant, your life may have been changed due to your road accident personal injuries.

Even if you were at fault in the accident or don’t have insurance, there may be pedestrian compensation options available. These options can vary, depending on which state or territory you’re in.

It’s always worth making an obligation-free initial consultation. You’ll get the legal advice you need, specific to your pedestrian accident compensation claims situation.

How Shine can help

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation, so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.

*Conditions apply 

We are ready to take action to get you quick access to the help and compensation you need to right wrong. 


Are there motor vehicle & pedestrian accident lawyers near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support. 

If you or your loved one has been injured on the road or as a pedestrian and you'd like to speak to our motor vehicle accident team in person, you can see our full list of locations here. 

If you can't find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your road accident claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Am I eligible to make a claim if I was an intoxicated pedestrian?

If as a pedestrian you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, you may still be able to make a pedestrian accident claim against the driver’s insurance. This will depend on the circumstances of the accident and how much your intoxication contributed to those circumstances. Part of a driver’s duty of care is to consider all pedestrians.

Do you have a claim?  

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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