The average car weighs 4,000 pounds. The average pedestrian weighs around 150 pounds. This weight difference puts pedestrians at a high risk of injury from an Atlanta pedestrian-car accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 people die every year in the United States from pedestrian vehicle accidents. Another 64,000 are injured.
Common injuries sustained by pedestrian accident victims include:
Fractures (or broken bones) are the most commonly sustained Atlanta pedestrian accident injury. Pedestrian accidents rarely cause clean, easily healed fractures; instead, pedestrian accident fractures often involve crushed bones and may require extensive hospitalization - even surgery. Sometimes limbs are so damaged that they must be amputated.
These fractures are very painful and victims may be unable to work for an extended period of time. Even after the injury has healed, the victim may still require physical therapy or rehabilitation.
Brain injury is likely to occur if a pedestrian's head a car or the road. Brain injury can also occur if the body is suddenly jolted or thrown. Sometimes brain injury is mild and the damage heals with rest, but often pedestrian accidents result in permanent brain damage and lifelong disability. The cost of treating a brain injury may be well over a million dollars.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Signals from the brain to the rest of the body and carries signals to the body from the brain. A pedestrian accident can leave the spinal cord crushed, torn, severed or otherwise damaged. Depending on the severity of the damage, such injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis. Many spinal cord injuries are permanent.
Other Serious Injuries:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal injuries
Most of these injuries are costly and can be life altering. Victims of pedestrian accidents are often left with life-long disability, chronic pain and expensive medical bills. And, the sad fact is many of these injuries could have been avoided.
If the driver of a vehicle is determined to be wholly or partially at fault for an Atlanta pedestrian accident, the injured pedestrians may seek compensation to cover their medical bills and other losses. An Atlanta pedestrian injury attorney will be able to determine who is at a fault and how much a claim is worth.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Georgia pedestrian accident, contact the Atlanta pedestrian injury attorneys at Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999. Ask to schedule a free initial consultation.
When you call, ask for a free copy of 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. This book can help you protect your Atlanta pedestrian accident claim, so you can get the compensation you deserve.