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The Most Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents

May 08, 2023

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

Pedestrian accidents are becoming a concern with the increase in road vehicles. Unfortunately, pedestrians are more likely to sustain injuries than drivers and passengers in vehicle accidents. The damages can be serious or even fatal when a car hits a pedestrian, depending on the vehicle's speed and the impact of the collision. However, some of the most common injuries reported after pedestrian accidents include the following:

Head Injuries

Head injuries are common in pedestrian accidents. The head is vulnerable to injuries as it is exposed, and the hard surfaces of the car, road, or sidewalk can cause significant damage. Head injuries can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries. A severe traumatic brain injury can cause permanent brain damage, memory loss, seizures, and coma. It is important to seek treatment immediately after a pedestrian accident.

Fractures and Broken Bones

Pedestrians are at a high risk of sustaining fractures and broken bones in an accident. The impact of the car can cause bones to break, ranging from minor fractures to severe compound fractures. These fractures can be life-altering and may require long-term medical treatment, hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation.

Internal Injuries

Pedestrians can suffer internal injuries in an accident. These injuries often require immediate medical attention as they can be life-threatening. Internal injuries could include internal bleeding, organ damage, or damage to the spinal cord. Seeking medical attention soon after an accident is vital for the recovery process.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are common in pedestrian accidents. These injuries refer to injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Soft tissue injuries can range from minor to severe and have long-term consequences such as chronic pain, weakness, or decreased mobility. Treatment options for soft tissue injuries include rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), and physical therapy.

Contact Our Firm Today

Pedestrian accidents can be life-changing and have long-term consequences. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, seeking immediate medical attention and working with our team here at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, is crucial. Our top-of-the-line attorneys can help you navigate the legal process, connect you with medical professionals who can help you with treatment and recovery, and fight for your rights to get the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at (215) 486-0123 or visit us online to discuss the details of your case during a free consultation with one of our award-winning attorneys.


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