A pedestrian is any person who is traveling on foot alongside or near any street, road, or in another type of developed area. Even when you are simply walking from your vehicle’s parking spot into a building, for the time when you are traveling on foot you are considered to be a pedestrian. Because everyone is a pedestrian on almost a daily basis, everyone is regularly at risk for suffering serious injuries in pedestrian accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011 approximately 69,000 people across the United States suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents, and 4,432 additional people died. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) also reported that California had the highest number of pedestrian accident injuries of any state. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you have likely sustained severe injuries that may have a significant impact on your life. If your pedestrian accident occurred because of another person’s negligence, you have the right to hold that person liable for all of your losses, and an experienced Orange County pedestrian accident attorney can help you do just that.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Unlike collisions that take place between two motor vehicles, pedestrians have no air bags, seat belts, or metal case surrounding them if they are involved in a collision. For this reason, when they are hit by a vehicle, pedestrians may be thrown to the ground or may often bounce off the car, causing several different points of impact with the bumper, hood, or roof of the car, and often eventually with the pavement. As you can imagine, such a collision can cause extremely serious injuries.
Some of the common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Head and brain trauma
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Crushed or shattered limbs
- Severe bruising or road burns
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Broken ribs or other bones
Many of these injuries require extensive medical treatment, causing overwhelming medical bills to pile up. Victims also often lose significant income because they must miss work during recovery. Furthermore, many victims are left with permanent disabilities or disfigurements that may keep them from ever returning to work or independent living.
Even if you suffer relatively minor injuries in your pedestrian accident, you have the same right to recover as someone who suffered more serious injuries. No matter what type of injuries you sustained, you should always contact an Orange County pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss how you may recover.
Contact an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for Help
If you have suffered injury in a pedestrian accident, you are likely facing a difficult physical recovery, as well as any financial trouble that has stemmed from medical bills, missed work, and more. Additionally, your injury may have caused pain and emotional hardship on you and your family. At Jamal Injury Law, we understand the struggles you are facing and are committed to helping you receive the full compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact our office today at 714-907-1021 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.