Most pedestrian collisions occur at a vehicle’s bumper as the front bumper strikes the lower leg region of an adult pedestrian. When this happens, a pedestrian’s upper body and head are thrust into the hood and/or windshield of the vehicle. Pedestrians may remain on the hood at low speeds, but at higher speeds, pedestrians will fall off the vehicle and onto the ground—increasing their chances of suffering a brain injury.
When a child is involved in a Georgia pedestrian accident, the front bumper will impact a child’s head and neck. Sadly, the most common pediatric pedestrian injuries are traumatic brain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries, according to a study by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, musculoskeletal injuries tend to cause long-term disabilities, and head injuries are often life-threatening for children.
The angle of the impact, vehicle design, and what body part first comes in contact with a moving motor vehicle can determine if a pedestrian will suffer head, leg, pelvis, knee, and other injuries. However, the severity of the injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, increase with higher vehicle speeds.
Regardless of age, if an adult or child pedestrian suffers a traumatic brain injury due to a negligent, reckless driver, the injured pedestrian deserves the maximum compensation for such injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. If a Georgia traumatic brain injury ultimately led to the death of an innocent pedestrian, the pedestrian’s family has a right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver involved.
For legal advice, call an experienced Peachtree City injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a no-cost, confidential consultation today.