As a pedestrian, your worst nightmare would be to be hit by a car. You’re always cautious, but you’ve had a few close calls when drivers weren’t paying attention or didn’t notice you in the roadway.
Pedestrian accidents aren’t uncommon, and they’re more likely to happen as the weather warms up and the days get nicer. Drivers should be aware that pedestrians are going to be on or around the roads, but they don’t always look for them. That mistake could lead to crashes with individuals who have no protection against the impact.
In pedestrian injury cases, some of the most common injuries from being hit by a car include spinal injuries and brain injuries. These two types of injuries can be absolutely catastrophic in nature. The injury could lead to lifelong disabilities or even death in severe cases.
How common are brain or spinal injuries?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are approximately 5.3 million Americans who are living with disabilities related to brain trauma right now. Traumatic brain injuries cause 50,000 or more deaths annually.
Spinal injuries are severe as well. Auto accidents are the cause of around 38% of all spinal injuries, according to Shepherd Center. These injuries may leave individuals with disabilities that they are unable to fully recover from.
Both of these conditions may occur together after a person is struck by a vehicle. It’s important that any pedestrian who is hit receives emergency care as quickly as possible and is examined by a medical professional. They may need several types of tests to determine the extent of their injuries and what kind of treatments will be available to them.
If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the driver, an attorney can help the victim seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.