What Are the Types of Pedestrian Injuries?

What Are the Types of Pedestrian Injuries?

Pedestrian accidents are often fatal, and survivors typically sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), complex fractures, and spinal cord and soft tissue injuries. Whether you were crossing the street, in a parking lot, or strolling on the sidewalk, getting struck by a motor vehicle can have profound, life-altering implications. While recuperating, it’s common for accident victims to face chronic pain, mounting medical bills, and financial instability.  

 If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law can fight for your right to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation.  

Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, “In 2021, 7,388 pedestrians were killed–a 13% increase from 2020–and more than 60,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide.” Even if you feel the injuries are minor, seek medical attention immediately. Survival rates increase when victims receive immediate care. Further, some injuries, like concussions, have delayed onset symptoms.  

The most common injuries include the following: 

  • Soft Tissue Damage: Soft tissue injuries include damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Damage can consist of a complete rupture of a structure with pain, swelling, inability to use the injured muscle or tendon, and instability of the affected joint. 
  • Broken Bones or Fractures: An impact with a vehicle or landing on pavement often results in broken bones and fractures. Complex fractures are common. It’s when the bone breaks into pieces, and the soft tissue surrounding the bone is severely damaged, 
  • Traumatic brain injuries:  These injuries can occur when the victim’s head is struck by a vehicle or hits the ground in the aftermath. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. Immediate symptoms include confusion, irritability, blurry vision, and difficulty concentrating. 
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are serious and can result in permanent paralysis or loss of bodily function. In a study conducted by the Department of Orthopaedics, New Jersey Medical School, researchers found that “of the 1672 patients who were struck by motor vehicles, 135 patients (8%) were found to have spinal injuries.” 
  • Internal Organ Damage: Internal injuries are often not readily apparent and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Damage to the liver, spleen, and kidney is common. The internal bleeding that indicates organ damage may be evident. However, less severe trauma in a lower-speed crash may also damage internal organs and require surgical intervention. 
  • Psychological Trauma: A pedestrian accident can be a traumatic experience, leading to psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. 

Potential Complications 

For some victims, the initial injuries from car accidents can include complications that can further threaten their lives, including the following: 

  • Infections: Open wounds and fractures are susceptible to infections, which can cause serious health issues if not treated promptly. 
  • Nerve Damage: If the accident results in nerve damage, the victim may experience loss of sensation or movement in certain body parts, affecting their ability to function normally. 
  • Chronic Pain: Some types of injuries, such as soft tissue damage and spinal cord injuries, can cause chronic pain that can last for a lifetime. 
  • Disfigurement: Severe accidents can lead to permanent scarring, amputations, or disfigurement, causing emotional and psychological distress for the victim. 

Finally, pedestrian accident victims may sustain a long-term or permanent disability. For example, a TBI could permanently impact mental capacity. 

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident 

Your priority is always your health and safety. Medical bills can quickly escalate, especially for those with inadequate health insurance. Our California Injury Lawyers can help by fighting for your right and opportunity to file a claim for damages, including your medical bills. Other priorities after an accident include the following:   

Document the Accident and Your Injuries 

Documentation, in this case, refers to everything from photos of injuries and the accident scene to hospital bills and police reports. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case. 

Consider Time Limits for Filing a Claim 

In California, accident victims must file a personal injury claim within two years of the accident date. When dealing with government agencies or employees, the deadline can be as short as six months. 

Understand Comparative Negligence 

California is a pure comparative negligence jurisdiction. Even if a pedestrian is partially at fault for an accident, they may still receive compensation for damages. However, the amount will be reduced by their percentage of fault. 

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer at Ellis Law 

After an accident, the last thing you want to do is negotiate with an insurance company. They invest time and effort into reducing or denying payments to maximize profits. Working with our Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers can secure your peace of mind. We leverage our experience and resources so that you have the best chance of recovering compensation for your damages and losses. Are you ready to see what our Los Angeles pedestrian injury accident attorneys can do for you? Schedule a free consultation with Ellis Law today.