Pedestrian activity can be found almost everywhere. The person may be busy shopper dashing through a parking lot, a jogger getting exercise on a trail, or someone walking down the street. While getting around on foot can be a great way to get around and get exercise, there is also the potential for today's pedestrian to be injured. The individual could be hurt by tripping and falling over an unseen hazard or even be hit by a negligent driver. Here are some common pedestrian injuries:
Soft Tissue Injuries
The term soft tissue injury can refer to several things such as bruises, cuts, dislocated joints, and strained and sprained areas. This kind of damage can cause the victim to experience discomfort and pain and interfere with his or her ability to engage in their normal activities.
Another common type of injury which can occur during a pedestrian accident is a fracture. Fractures can be small such as a hairline or nasal distal tip but can also be massive breaks. When you suffer a significant bone break such as to an arm, leg, shoulder, hand, hip or foot, it can be extremely painful and take a long time to heal.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury or TBI occurrs when the head or body is struck in a manner which impacts brain function. Falling or being hit suddenly and unexpectedly can cause the victim to strike their head and sustain this kind of injury. TBI can have result in memory loss, emotional issues, cognitive problems, and blurred vision as well as other symptoms.
Spinal Cord Damage
Suffering a sudden fall often involves the victim’s back making impact with the ground or floor. When this contact occurs, the spinal cord and vertebrae can be damaged. The injuries can range from a bruised tailbone to fractured vertebrae and in more severe cases, possible paralysis.
Lacerations and Abrasions
Pedestrians who are injured can have cuts and abrasions to the skin which, if left untreated, could result in infection. The victim could end up with a more serious condition if the infection becomes unmanageable.
Pedestrians who are hit by a moving vehicle are likely to be seriously and possibly fatally injured. Given the size and force of the vehicle versus the victim, when a pedestrian is involved in this kind of accident, the consequences will most likely be serious.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, we have experienced attorneys who can provide you with the help you need to assess your case and understand your options. To learn more, contact the Draper Law Office today at (866) 767-4711 or online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation in one of our Central Florida offices.