If you are jogging, running or walking down the street, you are considered a pedestrian. It doesn’t matter if you are on a suburban sidewalk or a rural road. If you are on your feet, you are at risk of being struck by a driver.
Unfortunately, the outcome for a pedestrian in such an accident is always more severe than that of the driver. Due to the sheer force of the accident and the power behind a vehicle, a pedestrian can end up with very serious injuries. Even what may seem like a minor bump from a vehicle can result in injuries that require medical attention.
If you’ve been struck by a vehicle, it’s important that you seek medical help, even if you don’t believe that your accident was serious. The following list are the most common injuries suffered by pedestrians struck by vehicles.
When the head sustains a severe blow or the body is struck in such a way that the head snaps back and forth, a traumatic brain injury can occur. Some traumatic brain injuries can be as mild as concussions while others can be fatal. A traumatic brain injury must be diagnosed as soon as possible so the patient has a better chance of recovering.
A spinal cord injury can result from the same impacts that cause a traumatic brain injury. The spinal cord is typically injured as the result of a break or shift in a vertebrae in the back. A spinal cord injury may be minor or could be serious enough to result in paralysis. The location of paralysis depends on which area of the spinal cord is injured. Some victims find that one limb is effected while others may experience paralysis in each limb and in the trunk.
A soft tissue injury could be any number of injuries. A laceration, bruise or sprain would all be considered an injury to a soft tissue or tissues. It stands to reason that this type of injury would be common when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle. Not only is a person hit by a car, but they often strike pavement or another inanimate object as a result of being knocked down or thrown.
A soft tissue injury may require very little medical intervention. On the other hand, a soft tissue injury could be so serious that a person is left with permanent scarring or other issues. A soft tissue injury could take weeks or months to heal properly, requiring therapy and other treatments.
A fracture is cracking of a bone. When a bone encounters a force that is stronger than itself, it could crack or break. These types of injuries are certainly treatable but can cause complications that last a lifetime.
A break is more problematic than a fracture. A very serious break may require surgical intervention and result in the bone being held together by rods and pins while it heals. A serious break may heal, but the victim may be left with pain. That pain may inhibit the way a person lives their life. A person who sustains a severe break may find that they cannot return to work or that they cannot participate in activities they once enjoyed.
In some cases of pedestrian versus car accidents, the victim experiences an amputation of a limb. This happens in the most serious of accidents and may occur immediately or as the end result to some type of trauma. An amputation obviously has lifelong implications for the victim.
A pedestrian that is hit by a vehicle stands a chance of being killed. Depending on the rate of speed of the vehicle and the way in which the impact occurs, a victim can lose their life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 4,500 pedestrians killed in 2013.
It’s important to understand that a pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle may suffer more than physical injuries. A victim may also suffer psychological trauma. The victim may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder or other emotional injuries as a result of the accident. These emotional injuries may require medical care of their own, further increasing the financial burden placed upon a victim.
When a person is injured due to another’s negligence, error or reckless behavior, that person has legal rights. No one should be forced to suffer financially because someone else made a poor decision. The victim in a pedestrian versus car accident may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.
If you have been hit by a vehicle in Fort Lauderdale, reach out to our office today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you. We will review the details of your case and advise you of your legal options and rights. Don’t assume that you have to deal with financial difficulty due to your injuries. We will stand by your side and fight for damages in a court of law.