The Most Common Reasons for a Pedestrian Accident
It doesn't matter if someone is walking, running, standing, or sitting. In any public place, you can be vulnerable in an accident caused by a negligent driver. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians usually cause severe injuries due to the fact that a pedestrian doesn't have the benefit of a car's protective frame insulating them from the worst of the impact.
Some common injuries due to a pedestrian accident include:
TBIs: Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a violent blow to the head, or even the body. While some TBIs can be mild, others can leave someone with a life-long dehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries: These happen due to a sudden blow to the spine which causes a fracture or can even dislocate the vertebrae from the spine.
Fractures: Also known as a broken bone, a fracture happens when a force is placed on a bone which is stronger than the bone itself. Although fractures can be treated, extensive physical therapy may be needed to recovery full functionality.
Soft Tissue Injuries: Soft tissue injuries include but are not limited to; cuts and lacerations, dislocations, tears, and even bruises.
Amputations: Sometimes, the injuries to a limb are so severe in the case of a pedestrian accident that an amputation is needed.
Reasons For A Pedestrian Accident
Of course, there can be many reasons for a pedestrian accident. However, these are 3 of the most common.
- Crosswalk: Pedestrians using crosswalks on busy streets should always be alert to the traffic around them. Additional signals, such as flashing lights, flags, and signs will notify drivers of your presence, but if visibility is low, you are still at a high risk.
- Parking Lot Accidents: This might not seem common, but it is. Parking lots are used by some vehicles like a race track. Although pedestrian traffic is high, drivers sometimes neglect to be cognizant of all the placed in which they could encounter foot traffic.
- Loss of Vehicle Control: Many pedestrian accidents happen because a driver lost control of the vehicle. This may be due to another accident on the road, an obstruction in the street, internal distractions in the car, or impaired driving.
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