Because motor vehicle accidents can result in severe injuries, and even death, and can be extraordinarily costly due to medical bills, lost productivity and earnings, legal and court costs, property damage, and insurance costs. The total cost of auto collisions in the United States last year was over $200 billion, according to the National Center of Biotechnology Information. That number includes the costs of pedestrian accidents, which can result in serious and costly injuries that can severely impact your life. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact a pedestrian accident attorney in Clayton County to try to recover for your injuries.
The severity of injuries in a pedestrian accident often depends on several factors, such as:
- angle of the impact
- speed of the car
- the part of the body that first makes contact with the car
- the height and center of gravity of the pedestrian
- the size and design of the vehicle
Typically, a collision between a pedestrian and the front of the car has three separate impacts if the pedestrian is an adult. First, the bumper of the car often hits the lower leg or knee region. Second, the pedestrian is usually thrown onto the hood and windshield area of the car and is at risk for head and upper body injuries. Finally, the pedestrian is usually has an impact with the ground as they bounce off the hood or over the top of a car. The most typical injuries in adult pedestrian accidents include musculoskeletal injuries such as leg fractures and tears in knee ligaments, as well as head and neck trauma, including traumatic brain injury. Children are more likely to suffer head and neck injuries than adults because of the differences in their centers of gravity and the position of the impact on their bodies.
Overall, injuries from pedestrian accidents can be extremely serious and can have a significant impact on your life, both regarding finances and enjoyment of life. If you care injured in a pedestrian accident, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today for a free consultation. An experienced accident lawyer is here to help you get reimbursed for your injuries and get your life back on track.