14th May 2014
The family of an 89-year-old who was knocked over and killed in a supermarket car park could look for motor accident compensation, depending on the results of an inquest.
The inquiry was adjourned last week after hearing that the victim had been hit by a car in the Asda supermarket car park off Wilkes Way in Stowemarket, Suffolk, ten days ago.
Once paramedics had arrived on the scene, the victim was unconscious after suffering a head injury and a fracture to his lower leg. He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, but died later on the same day.
The police have carried out forensic tests at the scene and have appealed for any witnesses to the collision to contact them.
Following the incident, local councillor, John Matthisen of the Green party, has revealed that he has concerns about access for pedestrians at the car park, which – if accurate – could lead to more accidents and motor accident claims in the future.
The family of another pedestrian in Sussex may also want to look into claiming motor accident compensation, after another older man was hit by a car and pronounced dead at the scene. In this instance, the police have arrested a 17-year-old woman on suspicion of dangerous drivers and have appealed for witnesses to the collision.
Earlier in the month, we brought you the story of a young boy who was awarded £14,000 in motor accident compensation after he was hit by a disqualified and uninsured driver when he was a toddler, leaving him with permanent scarring.
However, you don't have to have been physically hit by a vehicle in order to make a pedestrian accident claim – if you get hurt whilst taking evasive manoeuvres, you could be eligible for damages too.
And don't worry if you're involved in uninsured driver accidents – the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) has been set up specifically to compensate the victims of uninsured or untraceable drivers.
According to the Department for Transport's most recent casualty figures, pedestrians are the group of road users who are most likely to be admitted to hospital with head or facial injuries – in 2009, this figure for pedestrians was 46 per cent, compared to 33 per cent for other users. Additionally, 49 per cent of pedestrians suffered leg or hip injuries during this period.