Pedestrian accidents are a growing problem in the United States, and Pennsylvania is no exception.
In fact, 4,218 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania in 2016, which represents a 1.2 percent increase in injuries compared to the previous year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Sadly, because pedestrians lack the external protection afforded to individuals in cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles, the injuries they sustain when hit by a motorist can be catastrophic or even deadly.
Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Soft tissue injuries. These injuries may include lacerations (scrapes or cuts), contusions (bruises), sprains, dislocations, or tears. They're often extremely painful, making it difficult for victims to work or carry out everyday activities.
- Internal injuries. Internal bleeding or organ damage requires significant medical intervention and in some cases, can be life-threatening or fatal.
- Broken bones. The most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents, broken or crushed bones may require ongoing orthopedic medical care, as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Brain injuries. When the head or body sustains a violent blow or concussion, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be the result. Depending on the severity of the TBI, the victim may face longterm or lifelong physical, cognitive, or behavioral impairments.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal fractures, dislocated vertebra, and partial or total paralysis are all possible after a pedestrian accident.
- Amputations. Limbs may be amputated in the accident or damaged beyond repair, requiring amputation.
- Emotional injuries. After a traumatic accident, victims might struggle with anxiety or depression, or develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Death. 172 people died in pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania in 2016 alone.
Injured Pedestrians Have Rights
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. The legal team with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you understand your rights, as well as your options for pursuing compensation.
Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.