Personal Injury Claims For Accidents In The Street

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated August 20th 2021. Welcome to our guide on personal injury claims for accidents in the street. Accidents in the street, such as slips, trips and falls, happen all the time. If you have been injured in the street, you may believe that the accident injuries were your fault. However, parties acting negligently can be the cause of some public street accidents. For example, if a council neglects to replace a cracked paving slab, a pedestrian can trip and become injured. In this instance, the council could be liable for the injuries caused if you are involved in an accident like this.

Person getting into an accident with a car in the street

Have you have suffered a public street injury because of an accident that was not your fault? Then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation against the party responsible.

To find out whether you have a valid public accident claim, call Accident Claims UK today to speak to an advisor. We will be happy to speak to you at length about your injuries. And we could refer you to a skilled personal injury solicitor to handle your claim if we can see that you are owed compensation awards and could make personal injury claims for accidents in the street.

To begin your compensation claim for a pavement accident or an accident in a public place, contact us today using the details below:

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A Guide To Personal Injury Claims For Accidents In The Street

Victims may not take accidents in the street as seriously as accidents on business premises or in a workplace. However, accidents that happen in public places can be just as debilitating. In very serious cases, the injured person can suffer a long-term or permanent disability.

This guide will look at how street and pavement accidents can happen and the type of injuries they can cause. We will also talk about council accident claims or shop accident claims for injuries caused by an accident in a public place.

Call us today for your free legal consultation. You’re under no obligation to proceed with our services, but we could refer you to a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your compensation claim. Your solicitor would be able to value your claim accurately and present evidence to support your case. Call us today, or contact us via our website.

What Are Accidents In The Street?

Accidents in the street are mishaps that result in injury. They can happen on pavements, roads, parks and pedestrianised walkways. They can also happen in privately-owned spaces that the public has access to. You could claim compensation if you were injured in an accident that happened in the street that was not your fault.

What causes public street accidents and pavement accidents? Disrepair or pavement hazards such as a cracked, raised paving slab can cause street and public place accidents. We will look at these causes of pavement accidents in more detail later.

If a council or business acts negligently and causes a street accident, they may be held liable for any injuries caused. In this case, the injured person could be able to make a public accident claim for compensation. The claimant could receive compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. In addition, they could receive funds to cover and financial losses the injury causes.

(It’s important to note that, in order to claim for pavement defects, it needs to be at least 1inch (2.5cm). For example, if a paving slab is raised and causes your injury, it should be higher than 1inch above the normal level.)

To begin a street accident compensation claim, contact Accident Claims UK today. We could help you with personal injury claims for accidents in the street.

Causes Of Accidents In The Street

Regular use of pavements and walkways means they are subject to wear and tear. Councils are usually responsible for maintaining conditions on street pavements. However, there are also privately-owned spaces that the public has access to, such as university campuses or outdoor shopping areas. Those in control of the space, such as private landowners, would be responsible for ensuring they are safe.

The following can cause street and pavement accidents:

  • Pavement hazards. For example, a missing or raised paving slab can cause a pedestrian to trip and fall. Similarly, a rocking or loose paving slab can cause tripping accidents.
  • Ice and black ice which has not been treated can cause slipping accidents.
  • A pedestrian can fall down a manhole if the cover is missing. This can result in serious injuries.
  • Potholes can also cause tripping accidents.

What’s more, construction companies can cause accidents on the pavement if debris or building materials are not safely cleared away. Personal injury claims for accidents in the street could bring you compensation for your injuries if the accident was not your fault.

What injuries can a slipping or tripping accident on the same level cause?

Common injuries from falling include sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries. However, serious accidents can result in broken bones or fractures. These can have a long-term impact on a person’s quality of life. Similarly, if the injured person falls backwards, they may suffer a spinal injury. This can lead to a permanent disability.

Liability For Accidents In The Street

Under the Highways Act 1980, councils are responsible for maintaining the public highways and footpaths in their control to a safe standard. However, some roads and pavements may be under the control of other bodies. For example, motorways and major A roads may be under the control of Highways England

Responsibilities can include carrying out pavement repair work and routine maintenance work as needed. Therefore, they could be held liable for a pavement accident on publicly owned land if they have neglected their duty of care. Consequently, the injured party could claim compensation for a council accident.

Similarly, under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of places accessible to the public have a duty of care towards those that use their premises. This includes private landowners that manage spaces that the public has access to, such as outdoor shopping centres or university campuses. They should maintain the premises to a safe standard in order to protect the health and safety of visitors. Therefore, if an accident in a public place happens because the landowner neglected their duty of care, they may be held liable for any injuries caused.

When Retailers Could Be Liable For An Accident In The Street

Retailers are sometimes responsible for maintaining the space outside their business premises. Therefore, they could be held liable if a pavement hazard they could have reasonably prevented injures a shopper or pedestrian outside their premises. However, if the injury was caused by a raised pavement defect that was less than an inch (2.5cm), the injured party would not be able to claim.

Similarly, a retailer could create a hazard on the pavement. For example, dumping a slippery substance on the ground could cause slip accidents. Therefore, the business could be held liable for any resulting injuries caused.

In these sorts of cases, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. So, we recommend finding a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. They will be able to look into the case and determine liability.

Liability If The Business Is Blocking The Street Or The Highway

A public street accident can also take place if a business blocks a pavement. For example, if a shop leaves a sign or displays an item in an inappropriate place, this can cause a tripping accident. Therefore, the injured party could make a personal injury claim for their pavement accident.

If they obstruct a highway with a display or signage, they could cause pedestrians or other road users to suffer injury. This negligence could also make them liable for compensation claims.

If you believe you suffered and injury that wasn’t your fault, get in touch. Our advisors are available 24/7 and offer free legal advice. You’ll also be under no obligation to proceed with our services.

I Had An Accident In The Street; What Should I Do?

If you are injured in a public street accident there are a number of steps you could take. Firstly, if you are seriously injured, please prioritise your personal safety and seek the appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible. Secondly, you can also begin to collect evidence to support your public accident claim. Please take the following steps if you can:

  1. Take photographs of the hazard that caused your accident in the street.
  2. Likewise, photograph your injuries if they are visible.
  3. Speak to people who saw your accident and record their contact details. They may be able to make a witness statement to support your personal injury claim later.
  4. Visit a doctor or hospital as needed for medical treatment. This also means that your injuries will show up on your medical records, which can be used later as evidence.
  5. Report your accident if you are in a managed space—for example, an outdoor shopping area.
  6. Keep your receipts if you make any purchases because of your injuries. This could be used as evidence to support your claim. You may also be able to claim back these expenses as special damages.

Following a pavement accident, we recommend you find a personal injury lawyer to handle your compensation claim. Liability can be difficult to prove when claiming compensation for a public street injury. A personal injury solicitor can help collect evidence to support your council accident claim or shop accident claim. Working with a solicitor could also be helpful because they can value your claim accurately. If you choose to use a solicitor, they would fully assess your claim to ensure you are awarded the correct amount of compensation.

To see if you could begin a public accident claim for a public street injury, call Accident Claims UK today.

Accidents In The Street Compensation Calculator – Updated August 2021

How much compensation you can claim in general damages for an accident in a public place can depend on the severity of your injuries. General damages compensate you for the psychological and physical injuries you suffer.

You can use the table below to estimate how much you could claim for a street accident in general damages. The compensation amounts in this table are based on personal injury claim guidelines from the Judicial College. The Judicial College Guidelines is a regularly updated publication that solicitors may use to value injuries.

Type Of Injury Severity Comments Compensation Settlement
Brain damage Less severe The injured person will have made a good recovery and will be able to return to work, though there may be lasting effects such as poor concentration. £14,380 to £40,410
Brain or head injury Minor Any brain damage is minimal. £2,070 to £11,980
Eye injuries F An injury which causes a serious (but not total) loss of sight in one eye. The other eye will not have been affected significantly. £22,230 to £36,960
Chest injuries D A simple injury to the chest such as a single penetrating wound which causes some permanent injury or damage. There will not be any long-term effects on lung function. £11,820 to £16,860
Neck injuries Moderate A neck injury such as a dislocation or a fracture. This could cause immediate and severe symptoms. The resulting injury could require a spinal fusion procedure. £23,460 to £36,120
Back injuries Moderate (i) The moderate (i) bracket includes a wide range of different injuries. Examples could include (but are not limited to) crush and compression fractures which leave the person with constant pain and/or osteoarthritis, a prolapsed intervertebral disc which requires surgical treatment or other injuries. £26,050 to £36,390
Shoulder injuries Moderate Injuries (such as a frozen shoulder) which limits movement in the shoulder and causes discomfort. Symptoms may persist for 2 years. £7,410 to £11,980
Pelvic / Hip injuries Moderate (i) There will have been a significant pelvic or hip injury, though any permanent level of disability should not be major. £24,950 to £36,770
Forearm injuries n/a Simple forearm fracture £6,190 to £18,020
Elbow injuries Less severe An injury which restricts the use and function of the elbow but which does not cause significant disability or require surgery. £14,690 to £30,050
Wrist injuries (c) Less severe forms of injury where the person is still left with a degree of permanent disability. This could include stiffness and pain. £11,820 to £22,990

Please take note that the amount of money you receive in compensation may vary, depending on the nature of your injuries. What’s more, we have not included any special damages (compensation for financial losses) you could receive in this table. To receive an accurate quote, call us today to speak to a personal injury claims advisor.

Special Damages Awarded For Accidents In Public Places

You could receive two heads of claim if your compensation claim for a public street injury is successful. These are general damages and special damages. Let’s now look at what these are in more detail.

General Damages

General Damages is paid out to compensate the injured person for their physical and psychological suffering. This is usually valued based on a report from an independent medical assessment.

Special Damages

The secondary part of a compensation payout is known as special damages. This is to reimburse you for any financial losses or payments you’ve made because of your injuries. Examples of special damages include the following:

  • Medical expenses: For example, medication or treatment you’ve paid for.
  • Travel expenses: This can include the cost of travelling to hospital or doctor’s appointments.
  • Damages to personal property: For instance, if your mobile phone was damaged when you slipped or fell, you may be allowed to claim compensation.
  • Care costs: These are funds to pay for a carer or compensate a loved one who cared for you as you recovered from your injuries.
  • Home adaptations and mobility equipment: These can be claimed if you have developed a disability as a result of your accident, for example.
  • Loss of income: This is to compensate you for any salary or in-work benefits you lost when recovering from your injuries.

No Win No Fee Claims For Accidents In The Street

Do you have grounds to claim compensation for an accident in the street? Then a solicitor may be able to handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This could be the case whether you’re claiming against the Motor Insurance Bureau, for criminal injury compensation or becaused you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident and want to claim against the liable party’s insurance company.

Essentially, the solicitor would work on your case without requesting an upfront solicitor’s fee. they’ll also not receive the fee as the case is ongoing. Instead, you would only pay a success fee if you win your claim.

In the event that your accident claims solicitor does not succeed with your claim, you would not have to pay a success fee. Additionally, the success fee is capped by law.

To find out if you could make a No Win No Fee claim, for an accident in a public place call Accident Claims UK.

Why Choose Accident Claims UK For Your Case?

If you wish to make an accident claim for a public street injury, or make road traffic accident claims we can help. But what are the benefits of working with a personal injury solicitor from our law firm?

  1. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury claims from car accident claims to those for whiplash injury, hit and run accidents and many other accidents you could be involved in. The vast majority of claims for injury compensation could be settled out of court, making the claims process less stressful.
  2. Moreover, they aim to value your claim accurately, so you won’t be short-changed.
  3. And finally, they can handle your street or pavement accident claim as a No Win No Fee case. Therefore lowering any financial risk involved.

Start Your Claim

To begin your compensation claim, contact us today for your free public injury claims consultation.

Essential References

We hope you have found this guide to claiming compensation for accidents in the street helpful. If you wish to learn more, please feel free to consult these guides.

How To Claim Compensation If You Tripped Over A Wire

Snow And Ice Slip, Trip And Fall Compensation Experts

Lift/Escalator Accident Claims Guide

You may also wish to consult these resources.

A government guide to claiming compensation for injuries on roads and pavements.

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? An NHS guide.

Report a pothole through the government site


We will now answer frequently asked questions about claiming compensation for a pavement accident.

How long after an accident can you claim?

There is a personal injury claims time limit of three years. This, however, can vary. We recommend you call Accident Claims UK as soon as possible to avoid falling outside of these time limits.

How long should a personal injury claim take?

Personal injury claims take different amounts of time to be resolved. Simpler claims can be resolved in a matter of months. A more complicated personal injury claim can take longer.

What injuries can accidents in the street cause?

The following injuries can be caused by a pavement accident:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Broken teeth injuries

How do I claim for a road accident?

We could help you make a claim for a road traffic accident if you’ve been injured while crossing the street or on the pavement as a pedestrian too. You would need to be able to evidence that the accident caused you personal injury and that another road user was at fault for your accident. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about this.

Can I claim for falling in the street?

The answer to this question depends on the circumstances. If you weren’t looking where you were going and fell, there may not be anyone who could be held liable for your injuries, as you’d caused them yourself. However, if you fell because of a hazard in the street that should have been cordoned off or removed, you could be eligible to claim compensation.

How common are pedestrian accidents?

The government’s road traffic accident statistics for 2020 (provisional estimates) revealed that there were 14,717 pedestrians injured in the UK in 2020. You can see how this compares to other users below.

Graph detailing how many casualties there are in Great Britain separated by type of road user

We should mention that the period for the provisional figures includes 4 months where there were national lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the government have included comparisons with the previous year to give you some idea of how common such accidents usually are. If you would like to speak to us about a car hitting a pedestrian or any type of road traffic or street accident, we’d be happy to talk to you.

Thanks for reading our guide to personal injury claims for accidents in the street.