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The Types of Injuries Sustained Car Versus Pedestrian Collisions


January 09, 2023

Although all motor vehicle accidents can lead to injuries, pedestrians who are struck by a car, truck, van, or motorcycle usually sustain severe or life-threatening injuries.

According to a news report published on usatoday.com, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety blames the popularity of larger vehicles is one cause of the rising number of pedestrian deaths in the United States. Some safety experts believe that larger trucks have wider roof pillars making it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians walking near the corners of their vehicles, resulting in collisions.

  • Limb Amputations: Losing a limb or other extremity in a pedestrian accident has. a tremendous impact on the victim’s quality of life. A dismemberment injury affects the victim's relationships, job, mobility, and almost every aspect of their daily life experiences. When a pedestrian has an arm, hand, leg, or foot amputated, they will not be able to work in their chosen occupation, incur hospitalization costs, prosthesis costs, rehabilitation expenses, and many more financially devestating burdens. 
  • Deep Lacerations and Scars: Cuts and gashes caused in a motor vehicle accident are serious injuries. Timely medical treatment is required to save lives and prevent fatal infections. A laceration must be treated quicklty to minimize disfiguring scars. When cuts are severe, surgical intervention is usually necessary to fix damaged internal organs and/or blood vessels. 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a severe psychological injury and the effects are often as debilitating as any physical injury. Motor vehicle crash victims who suffer from PTSD will suffer nightmares or serious anxiety following an accident. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys help our clients find resources that help them deal with the mental and physical impact of their PTSD. We will also ensure that your financial recovery addresses the treatment PTSD often requires.
  • Head Injuries: Head injuries are a common injury sustained by the vigorous thrusting of the head backward and forward. In some crashes, the victim's head will violently shake in one direction than in the other direction causing serious brain injuries. In a lot of accidents, the victim's brain is injured when their head is strike the car window or pavement outside of their motor vehicle. Severe brain injuries are commonly referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs affect the victim's cognition, comprehension, mobility, ability to communicate, emotional responses, problem-solving, and much more. Even if you think you did not sustain a serious TBI, its adviseable to seek prompt medical attention.
  • Paraplegia and Quadriplegia: Spinal injuries are another common injury that occur in motor vehicle accidents. This is especially true when the accident victim is not properly restrained. Spinal injuries can lead to loss of sensation and use in certain areas of the body. When the loss of senseation affects the part of the body from the waist down, that medical condition is called paraplegia. Quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia) refers to spinal injuries that affect the body from the neck down. A pedestrian who sustained a serious spinal cord injury may experience loss of body function affecting the bladder, bowels, reproductive systems, respiratory system, and more.
  • Internal Organ Injuries: One of the most dangerous injuries are internal organ injuries. Internal organs injuries occur when internal organs are damaged during an accident. Prompt emergency medical attention must be recieve because these injuries can become deadly. Internal organ injuries experienced in pedestrian collision include ruptured spleens, punctured lungs, abdominal aorta ruptures, internal bleeding, and brain hemorages. Treatment of internal organ injuries often requires hospitalization. 
  • Broken Bones & Fractures: The shock and adrenaline caused by a crash can mask the pain of a broken leg or fractured ribs. That is why accident victims should always seek prompt medical attention regardless of their symptoms. The accident imapct forces from a motor vehicle moving at slow speeds can cause severe bone fractures. Some accident victims will require hospitalization and/or surgery to stabilize the broken bone(s). 

If you or a member of your family have been struck by a car while jogging, cycling, or walking, our pedestrian auto collision lawyers can analyze your claim and help you understand your valuable legal rights and options. State laws impose strict time requirements so failure to file your claim within these deadlines can forfeiture of your right to financial compensation. Speak to our knowledgeable and experienced pedestrian accident injury attorneys today to understand your legal rights and how to file a claim for financial compensation.

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