Pedestrian accidents are typically described as a crash between someone on foot and a negligent motorist. Perhaps it is needless to say, but the pedestrian on foot will almost-always suffer more catastrophic injuries than the driver. To make the matter even worse, liability for a pedestrian accident can often be traced to the driver, not the pedestrian.
What are some of the worst-yet-common injuries suffered by a pedestrian in a crash?
- Spinal cord damage: The spinal cord is a highly sensitive bundle of nerves protected by the spine. It can be severely damaged in minor accidents, so a pedestrian accident with a full-sized vehicle is all the more likely to cause a spine injury. What might seem like a slight amount of damage to the spinal cord can actually cause permanent damage and paralysis, forever changing the pedestrian’s life.
- Brain damage: Traumatic head injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident can cause brain damage, such as brain bruising, cranial hemorrhaging, or a concussion. A mild brain injury is a bit of a misnomer since all brain injuries need to be taken seriously and can have lifelong consequences. It is not uncommon for a brain injury to leave the survivor with chronic migraines and various disabilities and impediments.
- Bone breaks: Some of the worst harm caused by a broken bone occurs while the injury attempts to heal. When a bone is not set properly and securely during the healing process, it can cause severe complications and pain, potentially requiring surgery to correct.
- Amputations: Severe injury to a limb can result in an immediate or eventual amputation. Surgeons attending to an injured pedestrian may need to make the difficult call to amputate a limb if they do not think it can be saved through surgery.
- Muscle and nerve damage: The forceful impact of a vehicle striking a pedestrian can cause severe damage to muscles, nerves, tendons, and other soft tissues. While these injuries can sometimes seem less serious than others, they are still capable of causing extensive discomfort and hardship for the pedestrian.
There is also the real possibility that a violent pedestrian accident can end in the death of the pedestrian. When this happens, the pedestrian’s surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim in their name and the name of justice.
Heavy Costs of Pedestrian Accidents
Since a pedestrian accident is likely to cause severe injuries to the pedestrian, the chances of medical treatments accruing expensive costs are just as likely. Emergency surgeries, extensive hospitalization, and rehabilitative therapies are all costly. Your health insurance coverage could be entirely expended before covering even a noticeable amount of your medical bills.
To keep your finances afloat after being hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should consider filing a personal injury claim against the liable motorist. Any gaps left by your healthcare coverage and their policy can be closed with a successful claim. You might even be able to receive additional damages for your needless pain and suffering.