When two motor vehicles collide, the results can be incredibly severe, or even fatal for those involved. However, the chances of a catastrophic or fatal injury are even higher when it comes to accidents involving pedestrians who have nothing to protect their vulnerable bodies. As such, drivers should exercise more care and be aware of joggers, walkers, or children who might not be aware of the rules of the road. If you were recently injured by a motor vehicle, it is imperative that you seek experienced legal guidance to ensure you are able to recover the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Below is a list of some of the most commonly sustained injuries in pedestrian accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries: These types of injuries are considered catastrophic, given that they often result in either partial or total paralysis, forever altering the life of the survivor. A spinal cord injury can occur from a traumatic blow and, even in cases where the damage is relatively minor, the results are often permanent.
- Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissue injuries cover a vast array of ailments, such as muscle tears, sprains, bruises, cuts, and dislocations. Oftentimes, soft tissue injuries are able to resolve on their own or with minimal medical treatment. However, the pain these injuries inflict can severely disrupt a person’s life and prevent them from partaking in the simplest every day activities for weeks or months. Moreover, some of these injuries can potentially lead to scarring.
- Traumatic brain injuries: This is another type of catastrophic injury that can potentially yield dramatic and permanent consequences for a survivor. In car accidents involving pedestrians, it is not uncommon for a person to sustain a serious blow to the head and, if the injury is severe, the survivor can experience a whole host of medical problems, including depression, trouble with memory, and insomnia.
- Amputation injuries: If a vehicle is going at a fast enough speed, a pedestrian can easily sustain an amputation injury or an injury to a limb that is so severe that it requires amputation surgery.
- Broken bones: This is one of the most common types of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and can range in severity, depending on the force with which the pedestrian was struck. These types of injuries are not only incredibly painful, but they can also require extensive medical treatment to effectively correct.
- Death: The fact is that not all pedestrians are lucky enough to survive after being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,735 pedestrians were killed in 2013.
Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Lake County
If you sustained serious injuries in a pedestrian accident, we know that you are likely going through a difficult time as you go through the recovery process for your injuries. To ensure you are able to recover compensation, it is crucial that you hire a skilled personal injury attorney represent you and fight on your behalf. At Oldham & Smith in Lake County, we have served as fierce legal advocates to the wrongfully injured since 1989 and are backed by a proven history of success.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us for the help you need. Call us today at (352) 292-1620 to request your free initial case evaluation with one of our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys. You will not owe us any legal fees unless we are able to win your case!