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When you are on the road, you are always at risk of having an accident. And these mishaps don’t just happen when you are behind the wheel or riding in the passenger seat. Pedestrian accidents are equally common and can be more dangerous, considering that the collision’s impact may be greater when you are hit directly. If you are lucky enough, you may get away with minor bruises and scratches but these accidents have the potential for causing major and even fatal injuries. It becomes important to know the most common types of injuries, their implications and the way to deal with them if you get hurt in a pedestrian accident. Let us explain the ones you need to watch out for.
Soft tissue damage includes bruises, sprains, tears, lacerations, and dislocations and is the less serious form of injuries you may sustain in an accident while walking on the road. A majority of these are self-resolving and require little medical intervention. Although they are not the fatal form of injuries, they can be extremely painful and may even hamper the daily activities for weeks or months. Additionally, the more serious forms of soft tissue damage can cause unsightly scarring that can be harmful for your emotional well-being.
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Like soft tissue damage, broken bones are a common yet treatable injury that victims of such mishaps come across. You are most likely to have fractures and broken bones when hit by a motorcycle or car. There can be multiple fractures if there is strong impact or you are hit by a bigger vehicle like a truck or SUV. Though broken bones are not fatal, they can cause excruciating pain and may require intensive medical treatment such as surgeries in some cases.
A more serious implication is spinal cord injury, which happens due to a sudden and traumatic blow that causes spinal damage or dislocation of vertebrae. Unless a miracle happens, you are most likely to suffer from a lasting or even permanent disability with this injury. It is best to let an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer intervene and get you adequate compensation for the medical bills, financial losses and permanent disability. After all, you will need money for the treatment and support of your family.
As the name implies, traumatic brain injuries are major concerns with the functioning of your brain. This often happens to victims who experience a violent blow to their head or have some other kind of head injuries. Loss of consciousness, vomiting, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and drowsiness are some of the early symptoms of TBI while the victim may suffer from mood swings, anxiety, and depression and concentration problems in the long run. Obviously, you deserve a larger compensation for such injuries that require treatment over a long span of time.
While these are the major and minor injuries that may happen during pedestrian accidents, there is also a high risk of death. The risk is higher with larger vehicles that go out of control. So it makes sense to be cautious about your safety even as you walk on the road.
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