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The Most Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian-Related Accidents


November 02, 2020

Pedestrians, whether they are running, walking, or jogging, can be at risk for an accident involving a driver who is negligent.  In this view, it is vital to have knowledge of the types of injuries that are often sustained in pedestrian accidents and how to avoid them.

The following injuries are the most common types of injuries sustained by pedestrians who have been hit by a motor vehicle. 

Spinal cord injuries – a sudden and traumatic blow to the spine can result in dislocated vertebra and/or spinal fractures.  

Traumatic brain injuries – traumatic brain injuries can result from trauma leads to a dysfunction of the brain.  While some traumatic brain injuries are minor, others can be devastating.

Bone fractures – A fracture happens when there is a type of force exerted on a bone that is stronger than the bone itself.  While these can be treated, the fracture can result in chronic pain and/or permanent disability that affect’s one quality of life, wellbeing, and ability to work.

Traumatic amputations – the force exerted on the body by a motor vehicle can lead to accidental amputations of certain body parts, such as the arms or legs. 

Soft tissue injuries – There are a number of different types of injuries that constitute soft tissue injuries, including sprains, bruises, tears, whiplash, lacerations, and dislocations, to name a few.  Any one of these injuries can cause a significant amount of pain and require extensive rehabilitation, as well as the fact that they can keep an injury victim from being able to engage in daily activities and work.  

Injuries to the extremities – the body’s extremities are at risk for sustaining injuries, where the impact of a motor vehicle can lead to pedestrians sustaining broken bones, scrapes, and in some serious cases, a loss of the use of an extremity.  

Emotional trauma – not every injury is physical-related.  Specifically, even if a person did not sustain injuries in a pedestrian accident, he or she may suffer from emotional trauma.  Without treatment, this can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and crippling anxiety.

Death 

In pedestrian accidents involving older-adults, musculoskeletal injuries are more prevalent than injuries to the neck or head. Pedestrian accidents involving children, traumatic brain injuries, and pediatric C-spine dislocations are the most common types of injuries sustained in a pedestrian collision. Other common personal injuries seen in pediatric pedestrian accidents are abdominal and chest injuries. Also, musculoskeletal injuries to the knees and lower legs are severe and common injuries typically sustained by pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle. These personal injuries usually lead to long-term disabilities.

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Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2859736/

Category: Personal Injury

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