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Common Pedestrian Injuries From Car Accidents

Every road user has rights that other road users are required to respect. Vehicle drivers should obey traffic rules and respect other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Severe injuries and fatalities can occur when a vehicle driver collides with pedestrians. One may sustain permanent injuries that could have life-altering implications.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in traffic accidents in 2019. In 2020, the NHTSA reported that 6,272 pedestrians lost their lives, and roughly 55,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes.

If you or someone you care about has sustained severe injuries while a pedestrian, contact a pedestrian accident injury lawyer immediately. A lawyer can look into the facts of your case to determine whether the other party is responsible for your personal injuries.

Common Injuries That Occur in Car-Pedestrian Accidents

Whether they are sitting, walking, jogging, or running, pedestrians are vulnerable to car collisions caused by negligence. A driver's speed, type of vehicle, the pedestrian's age, and health are factors that determine how severe the injuries may be.

It's important to be aware of common pedestrian injuries from car accidents in Colorado. You should also know what you should do after a pedestrian accident, which includes obtaining information from those involved in the wreck as well as eyewitnesses. This can give you and your pedestrian accident attorney the upper hand in the claims process.

Here are some common pedestrian injuries from car accidents in Boulder, CO and the surrounding area.

Head and Neck Injuries

These are some of the most severe injuries people face after crashes in Colorado. When a driver speeds and hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian's neck is vulnerable during an impact. There are often damages to the spine and spinal cord. Also, during a pedestrian accident, it is common to hit the ground  or the vehicle and sustain severe head injuries.

Head and brain injuries can be life-altering injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a violent blow to the head may cause brain dysfunction. Some of the signs of a TBI include:

  • Seizures
  • Mood changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory problems

If you sustain a TBI after a pedestrian accident, you may require extensive post-crash care to limit the severity of your injury and the suffering you experience.

Broken Bones and Bone Fractures

Broken legs, arms, wrists, and ribs are among the most common pedestrian injuries from car accidents. These injuries occur when physical force is exerted on a bone, causing a break in the continuity of the bone. Severe bone breaks may occur during pedestrian accidents, including compound fractures that cause broken bones to puncture through the skin.

Broken bones and bone fractures are often extremely painful. While often treatable, an injured pedestrian may experience lifelong pain and medical problems, impacting their well-being and quality of life.

Injuries to shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles are also frequent and can lead to permanent impairments and disabilities.

In severe cases, amputation may be necessary.

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries, including dislocations, sprains, and contusions, are common pedestrian injuries from car accidents. They can have a long-term impact and affect your ability to resume work. Persistent symptoms, as well as poor psychological and physical recovery, may affect your ability to resume daily routines.

These personal injuries may affect the movement of muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, and nerves. Common symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury may include:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Pain worsening during activities
  • Redness in the affected region

Pedestrian Fatalities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every six people who died in traffic accidents in 2020 were pedestrians. There were roughly 104,000 emergency department visits by pedestrians with non-fatal injuries in the same year.

The Governors Highway Safety Association also released a report that revealed three out of four pedestrian deaths in 2019 occurred in the dark.

Pedestrians are at the highest risk of dying during collisions. The sheer size of vehicles and the lack of protection make pedestrians vulnerable during traffic accidents. If you've lost a loved one due to a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim in Boulder, CO.

Causes of Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Collisions

Drivers and pedestrians must observe federal and state traffic laws. Obeying traffic rules and regulations safeguards the interests of all road users. It guarantees the safety of everyone using the road, including children. 

Various actions can cause pedestrian accidents. If you understand some of the causes of these accidents, you can help to prevent them. Once you determine what led to your accident, you can understand how comparative negligence works in Colorado — with the help of a pedestrian injury lawyer.

Here are some of the common causes of accidents involving pedestrians.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any action that takes a driver's attention away from the road. Texting or talking on the phone is the most common form of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving may include:

  • Adjusting the radio
  • Talking to passengers
  • Eating
  • Grooming

Pedestrians focusing on their phones also endanger their lives and those of other road users.

Poor Sidewalk Conditions

Poor sidewalk conditions may influence pedestrians in Boulder to overlook safety and seek better walking conditions. They may prefer to walk along the street if sidewalks are poorly maintained. Poor sidewalks may also be a problem for joggers, runners, and cyclists. 

The absence of curb cuts, overhanging trees in residential areas, and litter are issues that risk the safety of pedestrians. Cars parked along sidewalks, lack of sidewalks in certain locations, and the capacity of sidewalks in congested areas may also endanger the well-being of pedestrians.

Here are other causes of pedestrian accidents in Boulder to watch out for:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Inclement weather
  • Impatient drivers
  • Defective traffic lights
  • Left-hand turns

Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured while walking or crossing the street, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Colorado. An experienced bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyer can help you prove fault and push for maximum compensation for your injuries.

In the event an insurance company denies, devalues, or delays your benefits, an attorney will review your options and advise you on the best way forward. An experienced lawyer will handle settlement talks, ensuring you get the justice you deserve. 

At Mann and Maximon, our Colorado personal injury lawyers are ready to manage your case as you rest and recover. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about our legal services.

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