In 2015, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in the US according to the CDC. Pedestrian accidents can be excruciatingly painful, and recovery can depend on various factors.
Common pedestrian injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, soft tissue injuries, amputations, and broken bones. As you continue on through this article you will understand common injuries from pedestrian accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injury also known as TBI’s, are a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
TBI’s are caused when an outside force causes brain dysfunction, usually a violent blow to the head or body that in many cases is the result of a car accident or work-related injury. Not all traumatic brain injuries are fatal, however, they can have severe medical consequences.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, which affects the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury. Spinal cord injuries can stem from sudden, traumatic blows, like slip and falls which fractures or dislocates vertebrae.
A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, workplace accidents, or sports injuries. While treatable, fractures can cause a lot of pain and discomfort that can permanently impact your well-being and quality of life.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft-tissue injuries can be acute injuries caused by traumas like falls, twists, or blows to the body or soft-tissue injuries can occur over time. Soft tissue injuries include bruises, lacerations, tears, dislocations, and sprains. Soft tissue injuries are easy to treat with very little medical intervention depending on the severity. Soft-tissue injuries can leave you with some permanent issues such as scars that can have an impact on your emotional well-being.
Amputation is the loss of a limb or a finger or toe. Amputation isn’t as common for some car accident injuries, but when a disfiguring injury happens, it creates a lifelong disability for those who survive.
A traumatic amputation that happens after a car accident can be complicated by excessive bleeding, which may lead to shock or infection and become potentially life-threatening.
In some cases, an amputation in an accident can be reattached. But in most cases, a car accident victim who has had an arm or leg amputated will do best with a prosthetic limb.
Bones break, or fracture, when they come under too much pressure, due to sudden impact or twisting. Orthopedic experts estimate there are about seven million broken bones in the United States every year and the average person in a developed country can expect to suffer two fractures during their lifetime.
Broken bones are among the most common injuries sustained by pedestrians who are struck by cars, trucks, or other motorized vehicles. These injuries happen when an external force causes a break in the continuity of a bone. Broken bones can be extremely painful and can need intensive medical treatment to correct.
Injuries from pedestrian accidents can significantly impact your quality of life. It’s no fun having to deal with growing hospital bills on your own. Let Shamieh Law help. We will fight aggressively to make sure the responsible parties and their insurers are held accountable. This includes getting you the compensation you and your family deserve.
If you’ve been involved in a road accident, contact us today.