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Common injuries caused by pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2024 | Personal Injury Law

Pedestrian accidents are often severe due to the limited protection victims have in the event of a collision. Injuries range from minor bruises to severe, life-altering conditions. Understanding the common injuries sustained in such accidents is crucial for raising awareness, promoting safety measures and providing appropriate medical care.

Some of the most common injuries caused by pedestrian accidents include the following.

Head injuries

Head injuries are among the most severe consequences of pedestrian accidents. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, skull fractures and intracranial hemorrhages can occur due to the impact of the collision. Even with protective gear like helmets, pedestrians remain vulnerable to head trauma, which can lead to long-term cognitive impairments or even fatalities.

Spinal cord injuries

Pedestrian accidents often result in spinal cord injuries, which can cause paralysis or permanent disability. The sudden force of impact can damage the vertebrae, nerves or discs in the spinal column, leading to loss of sensation, motor function or control over bodily functions. Rehabilitation and long-term medical care are typically necessary for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Bone fractures

Fractures are common in pedestrian accidents, particularly in the extremities like the arms, legs, hips and pelvis. The impact of a vehicle or a fall can exert immense force on the bones, causing them to break or shatter. Compound fractures, where the bone pierces the skin, increase the risk of infection and may require surgical intervention to repair.

Soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries, including sprains, strains and contusions, are prevalent in pedestrian accidents. The sudden deceleration or impact can stretch or tear muscles, ligaments and tendons, leading to pain, swelling and limited mobility. Soft tissue injuries may require physical therapy and rehabilitation to regain strength and function.

Pedestrian accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from mild to severe. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical care and other losses from those who caused your harm. As such, knowing your legal rights, and seeking personalized guidance, is likely wise.