When jogging, running or even walking on the streets, anyone can be at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident with a negligent driver. It’s important to understand your rights if you are a victim of this type of accident and seek justice.
To begin with, there are several injuries pedestrians can sustain if involved in a pedestrian accident.
- Traumatic brain injuries
Commonly abbreviated as TBI, these are quite common in pedestrian accidents because the whole body is exposed. A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. This is often caused by a blow or jolt to the head which is a common injury in car accidents. TBIs can be minor and sometimes severe to an extent that it changes the victim’s life forever.
- Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when there’s a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine which fractures or dislocates the vertebrae. The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting information from the brain to the body hence a small dysfunction can affect a person forever.
Fractures occur when a strong physical force is exerted on the bone causing injury. Fractures can result in serious medical problems that take a long time to recover from.
- Soft tissue injuries
Common injuries like bruises, lacerations, tears, and dislocations can all be considered soft tissue injuries. Most of them don’t require serious medical intervention but some can cause severe pain and prevent the victim from engaging in day to day activities. Many soft tissue injuries cause scarring which can have a negative impact on the victim’s emotional health. and may result in chronic pain.
- Injured extremities
Extremities are limbs or appendages of the body, which normally refers to the hands and feet. Pedestrian accident victims may experience scrapes, broken bones and even in severe cases, loss of extremities. In fact, the most common injuries sustained by pedestrians struck by cars are broken bones.
A pedestrian accident victim may have to undergo amputation of limbs and extremities as a result of the accident. This is often a serious lifelong repercussion on the victim. Being involved in a pedestrian accident is a traumatic experience that many pedestrians are unable to cope with. The victim can seek professional help to deal with the emotional trauma caused by the accident.
- Emotional trauma
Some pedestrian accident injuries are not physical. In fact, some individuals may not have any form of physical injury but deal with emotional trauma all their life.
Pedestrian accidents may result in fatal injuries. In fact, pedestrians are at high risk of death when struck by a vehicle because of the sheer size of the car as well as the lack of protection.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, be sure to call car accident lawyers as soon as possible.