Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident

Dec 12, 2018 | Pedestrian Accidents

Moussa Sabzehghabaei

Personal Injury Lawyer

Pedestrians have rights. It has long been demonstrated in case law that drivers are required to exercise a higher degree of caution when pedestrians are crossing roadways, or are proceeding alongside them. What happens when you are struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian? According to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, injured pedestrians can claim benefits for their accident-related impairments. Initiating a law suit (or a tort claim), is another avenue to recover losses. Sadly, pedestrian accidents are very common occurrences, many of which are fatal. Here are a few common injuries that arise in these types of accidents:

Common Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident

Concussions

When a pedestrian is impacted by a vehicle, a hard striking of the head can lead to a loss of consciousness, dizziness, intense headaches, vomiting and slurred speech.

Post-concussive syndrome is common in pedestrian victims as well, and these injuries can continue to affect cognitive functions for a long time, post-accident.

Bruising and contusions

Bruising can trigger swelling and tenderness in impacted areas. Pedestrians that are hit by vehicles often experience these symptoms in multiple areas on the body. Contusions are similar to bruises, as they are localized injuries that appear discoloured and can trigger pain and discomfort.

Soft tissue injuries

These are characterized by trauma to ligaments and muscles and often take the form of sprains/strains and tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons). Physiotherapy is necessary to alleviate symptoms, along with medications designed to reduce pain.

Broken or fractured bones

These are difficult injuries to recover from and often take weeks, if not months, to become functional again. These are serious and require ongoing medical attention for resolution.

Head and brain wounds

These are categorized as the most severe injuries, as they affect cognitive, physical and psychological functioning. Victims sadly become different people than they were pre-accident, often requiring a great deal of care and assistance.

If you have suffered as a pedestrian victim, contact Grillo Barristers P.C. and we will walk you through the appropriate measures to take so you can be compensated for your pain, and losses.