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Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian injuries happen regularly, as people get hit by cars or injured by passing cyclists. There are a number of injuries that pedestrians may suffer from, and emergency personnel have to be prepared for them. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it's important to understand the kinds of injuries you suffered and how they could affect you in the future. Making sure you're aware of the complications and ongoing consequences of the injuries can help you make a claim for the right kind of compensation.

Pedestrians are often hit in similar scenarios. For instance, a driver backing out of a parking space may not notice a child and hit him. A speeding driver may not have time to stop at a crosswalk. A cyclist who is riding on a path may get too close to someone and hit them with the bike's handlebars, causing an injury. These are all scenarios that can happen, and the injuries that result can be life changing.

With frontal impacts, it's common to see the lower leg injured due to a collision with a car's bumper. The thigh and upper body may also suffer injuries, like broken bones and contusions. If the body rotates during a car accident, then it's possible to hit the shoulders, neck or head, causing brain injuries or lacerations if the windshield shatters. If the pedestrian falls to the ground, the impact can lead to broken bones, road rashes, scrapes and other injuries.

Low-speed impacts can cause bruising, sprains, and fractures. Concussions can occur from hitting the head on a car or the road. With any of these injuries, long-term damage is possible in the form of pain, immobility, or, as with brain injuries, long-term brain damage.

Source: US National Library of Medicine/ National Institutes of Health, "Pedestrian Injuries: Emergency Care Considerations," Bharath Chakravarthy, MD, Shahram Lotfipour, MD, MPH, and Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH, accessed Dec. 18, 2015

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