Anytime a person is struck by a motor vehicle, the consequences can be serious or fatal, even if it is a low-speed collision. The types of injures that occur will often depend on the shape of the vehicle and the speed of the collision. The most common injuries are to the lower extremities with head and face injuries being second most common. The most serious injuries in pedestrian accidents are typically brain and chest injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accident injuries can include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Crush injuries
- Pelvic injury
- Chest injury, including damage to the lungs, heart, esophagus and ribs
- Broken bones and fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Knee injury
- Hip injury
Of course, in a pedestrian accident, it is common to suffer a combination of injuries. In many cases there are injuries to the lower body where the vehicle initially makes impact, then the person is thrown onto the vehicle itself, into another object or into another vehicle. Sustaining multiple injuries compounds the potential complications, likelihood of death and length of recovery time for those who survive.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need full and fair compensation to pay for your medical expenses, replace lost income and more. Negligent drivers are often to blame for pedestrian accidents, but dangerous roadway design commonly plays a role and, in some cases, there is a history of pedestrian accident in the location.
Pedestrian accident cases can be very complex involving both severe injuries and challenging legal issues such as liability for dangerous roadway design. If you have been injured in a Maryland pedestrian accident, Alison Mason Heurich, Esq. can help. Call 240-346-4883 or email us today to schedule your free consultation.