Pedestrians can sustain serious injuries from being struck by any variety of motor vehicle. When you consider the mass and speed of vehicles, plus the fact that pedestrians are not protected by an enclosed vehicle, it is no wonder that these types of accidents can be so devastating. The most common pedestrian accidents include crosswalk collisions, parking lot accidents, and hit-and-runs. But what are the most common types of injuries sustained in these accidents?
Soft tissue damage: This type of injury can be anything from lacerations, contusions, sprains, strains, dislocation, or tears. These types of injuries typically heal faster than most, but severe pain can linger and in drastic cases amputation can be required.
Broken/fractured bones: Serious bone breaks including compound fractures can occur, as well as broken bones that protrude out from the skin. The most severe breaks can also result in amputation. However, the more common skeletal injury is a fracture. Pedestrians often fracture hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, legs, and backs from accidents.
Head/Brain injuries: traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions are very common results of being struck by a motor vehicle. Look out for headaches, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, difficulty speaking, sleep problems, dizziness, loss of coordination, sensitivity to light or sound, mood swings, depression, anxiety, problems concentrating, and clear fluid leaking from the ear, and going in and out of consciousness.
Spinal cord injuries: A spinal cord injury is serious and can result in temporary or lifelong paralysis or death. This type of injury is life-altering and typically requires long-term care.