Pedestrian accidents, unfortunately, take place every day on our roads across the U.S. Pedestrians sometimes seemingly come out of nowhere, but drivers are constantly being urged to watch out for pedestrians due to the fact that they are some of the most vulnerable parties on our roads. Drivers are told to constantly stay aware of their surroundings, be especially careful when they are in areas where pedestrians are most likely to cross streets, look out for distracted pedestrians, and make eye contact with pedestrians so that they know that they are coming.
Because drivers are not always as careful as they should be, pedestrian accidents continue to cause serious injuries and take lives on our roads every single month. In all of 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents across the entire United States, which means that one pedestrian death takes place in the country in just 1.6 hours. More will be hospitalized for serious injuries every year. What are some of the most common injuries that pedestrians experience on our roads and what makes them especially serious and life-threatening?
Most Common Pedestrian Injuries
Some pedestrian injuries are more common than others and are frequently seen in our emergency rooms each year. For instance, these are some of the most common injuries:
Head Injuries: Our brains are seemingly protected from all harm, but this is not the case. If the impact from an accident is severe enough, it can lead to serious brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can mean a simple concussion, or they might be life-changing and make it impossible to return to your previous lifestyle.
Internal Injuries: Many people do not know that they have received internal injuries until they start experiencing the serious effects of one of these injuries. The most common types of internal injuries include internal bleeding, rib fractures, brain bleeding, and more.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are some of the most permanent injuries that you can ever receive. The spinal cord transmits signals from your brain to your body and any amount of damage can interfere with many aspects of your daily life in the most negative ways.
Broken Bones: Bone fractures and breaks are some of the most common types of injuries that anyone in a pedestrian can experience. And, though they are very rarely life-threatening, they can be extremely painful and keep you out of work for quite some time.
Lacerations: Lacerations can be painful and have lasting consequences on your life, as well as leave scars in the worst cases.
Fatalities: A pedestrian accident can even prove fatal in the most serious cases. Losing a loved one can have a huge impact on your life.
Compensating for Your Injuries
Because vehicles tend to travel at fast speeds and pedestrians have few protections on our roads, these accidents can very quickly turn into a drastic and life-changing matter. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein are totally committed to helping you work through some of the most difficult aspects of your case after you have been involved in a pedestrian accident. With years of experience handling these cases, we will help you through every step of the process, from gathering evidence to final negotiations. Contact us to find out how we can assist you in your time of need at 212-221-5999.