Brain Injuries in Car-Pedestrian Accidents
Natural disasters, shark attacks, plane crashes – these common fears plague people all over the nation, yet the chances of actually being injured or killed in such events is so minimal as to be negligible. Real danger lies in the streets and on the roads where millions of people test their luck every day. While most people reach their destinations without incident, some get injured or even killed by a negligent motorist.
As dangerous as a traffic accident may be for the vehicle’s occupants, it’s even worse for pedestrians. The interior of a modern car is filled with advanced safety features that, when used properly, provide a substantial measure of protection for those within. For the unfortunate pedestrian, however, there is nothing to protect him or her from the impact of a couple of tons metal approaching at high velocity. Electric cars, which are on the rise, make very little noise and are virtually silent upon approach, worsening the danger for pedestrians.
When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, his or her lower legs are typically the point of the initial impact. This force sweeps the pedestrian’s feet from under him or her, and as the vehicle continues its forward motion, the pedestrian’s head leans in towards the vehicle and makes contact with the windshield.
The physics of a pedestrian collision contributes to a higher possibility of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and death for the unlucky individual on the receiving end. Children are disproportionately affected by serious pedestrian accident injuries due to their smaller and less robust bodies. Additionally, a number of risk factors place children in harm’s way.
It is important to educate children under 7 years of age on the dangers of traffic and how to play safely outside since they can easily become distracted while playing. Even older children may temporarily forget about traffic while being engaged in conversation or sports. As if that were not enough, small children are hard for drivers to see, especially when reversing. Children must be taught to be aware of their surroundings at all time and to walk, not run, so they avoid falling down in the road.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Wilshire Law Firm to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys. We have obtained more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, and we can help you get maximum recovery for your losses. To learn more about your rights and legal options, call us today at (800) 522-7274.