Common Pedestrian Auto Accident Injuries


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 people die every year in the United States from pedestrian vehicle accidents. The sad fact is many of these deaths would have been easily avoided with more caution and attention on the part of the motorists AND pedestrians involved in the tragic pedestrian accidents. Car drivers often get distracted or drive negligently and pedestrians sometimes falsely assume that drivers are watching out for them.

When the driver of a vehicle is determined to have been negligent or at fault in some way, injured pedestrians can seek compensation to cover their medical bills and more. Each accident is different and an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to help the victims determine who is at a fault and regain maximum compensation for the damages caused in these types of accidents. What never changes in pedestrian accidents is that the pedestrian involved are exposed to significant risk of serious personal injury or death.

Here are some common injuries sustained by pedestrian accident victims:


Fractures (or broken bones) are the most common injury types sustained by pedestrians in the event of a pedestrian accident. Not only are fractures painful and inconvenient, but serious fractures may require hospitalization or cause a victim to miss work for long lengths of time. Then ongoing medical expenses for physical therapy and rehabilitation skyrocket the medical bills. To top this all off accident victims may lose a way to make living as a result of the injuries and will be even more hard pressed to get their medical bills paid.

Head Injuries

When it comes to pedestrian accidents, catastrophic head and brain injuries often happen because of the force of impact a vehicle will have on a pedestrian. If and when a person’s head hits a car or the road, a concussion is very likely. This impact also makes serious brain trauma possible. Depending upon the severity of the crash a brain injury may become life-changing. Traumatic brain injuries often leave people with lifelong disabilities. Not only is extensive treatment and rehabilitation needed but the medical cost can be outrageous.

Spinal Cord Injuries

After a victim’s spinal cord has been injured, nerves no longer flow through the damaged area; this can cut off information between the brain and certain parts of the body. This is why it’s easy for serious spinal cord injuries to be lifelong and lead to disabilities. In severe cases things like paralysis may result.

Other Serious Injuries

In addition to the injuries listed above pedestrian accident victims can suffer significant cuts, lacerations, and internal injuries. These also range from as mild as a bruise to something more severe and life threatening.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a California pedestrian accident, contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group right away for a free legal consultation. We get you maximum compensation for the SERIOUS injuries caused to you by the negligence of another.

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