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Pedestrian accidents and traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Blog, Personal Injury |

Pedestrian accidents are, unfortunately, frequent occurrences that can have devastating consequences. Among the various injuries sustained in such accidents, traumatic brain injuries are particularly concerning.

Traumatic brain injuries can have long-term effects on an individual’s physical, cognitive and emotional well-being.

Understanding pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents refer to incidents where a person on foot becomes struck by a vehicle. These accidents can happen in crosswalks, parking lots or residential areas. In most cases, driver negligence, distracted driving or failure to yield to pedestrians are contributing factors.

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injuries when colliding with a motor vehicle for self-explanatory reasons. A car will win a person-car collision every time. This can cause severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and broken bones in even low-speed collisions with cars. Based on estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 104,000 pedestrians sought emergency treatment due to traffic accident injuries in 2020.

An overview of traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden blow or jolt to the head disrupts normal brain functioning. Unlike other injuries, traumatic brain injuries are not always immediately apparent. They can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, mood changes and difficulty concentrating. Severe brain injuries can lead to long-term disabilities and require extensive medical intervention and rehabilitation.

Pedestrian accidents often result in traumatic brain injuries due to the forceful impact between a moving vehicle and an unprotected pedestrian. When a pedestrian’s head hits the ground, a car or other objects, the brain can become subjected to significant trauma. By increasing awareness and taking preventive measures, drivers and pedestrians can reduce the incidence of these accidents and protect the well-being of all road users.

If you or a loved one were in an accident with a motor vehicle, after seeking medical help, an experienced attorney should be one of your first calls. They can help you explore your options and understand if you have a claim.