If you were crossing the street in the crosswalk and you were struck by a car, you could suffer serious injuries. A pedestrian versus motor vehicle accident can have life-altering consequences. When you are out walking in or around traffic, you should stay alert and be attentive. You need to stay safe. Here are a few of the injuries that might result from being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian.
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious injuries that result from an outside force causing a brain dysfunction. This is usually from a violent blow to the body or the head itself. Some TBIs are minor, but there are some that have life-altering results and have serious medical consequences for the accident victim.
- Spinal injuries – Spinal injuries are also serious injuries that can have lasting effects. Spinal cord injuries can result from a traumatic, sudden blow, which hits the spine or dislocates or fractures vertebrae. Since the spinal cord transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body, even a small injury to the spinal cord can change your life forever.
- Fractures – Fractures are caused by physical force against the bone that is stronger than the bone itself. Fractures are very treatable, but they can lead to lifelong medical issues, pain and arthritis.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries covers a wide variety of injuries. These injuries include bruises, sprains, strains, tears, lacerations, whiplash, and dislocations. Most soft tissue injuries will resolve themselves over time with very little medical intervention but can lead to severe pain and result in missing weeks or even months of work.
- Amputations – When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, he or she could suffer an accidental amputation.
- Injured Extremities – A scrape, laceration, bruising, broken bone, or even amputation of an extremity could result from a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.
- Emotional Trauma – Being hit by a vehicle is a traumatic event. An injured pedestrian might not be able to cope with the trauma suffered after being hit by a car.
- Broken bones – The most common injury to result from being hit by a car is broken bone. Broken bones will heal, but they are painful and can lead to arthritis and additional pain in the future.
- Death – Being hit by a vehicle can result in death of the pedestrian. Sometimes death is instantaneous and at other times, it might happen days, weeks, or even months later.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in an accident as a pedestrian, you can pursue a personal injury claim against the driver of the vehicle. To get your claim on track, consult with a personal injury attorney who is licensed in your state. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to have your details shared with a lawyer in your area who will review your case and determine the best way to proceed with a claim.
Here are some additional resources on how you injuries might affect your claim and what you should do next.