Almost everyone in Chicago is a pedestrian almost every day. Whether you are walking from your parking spot to your home, into a store, to the bus stop, or exploring the city on foot, you are a pedestrian and you risk being involved in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians often have no protection from an impact with a motor vehicle, as most people do not wear helmets or other protective gear while walking down the street. This makes pedestrians some of the most at-risk individuals when it comes to severe injuries in traffic accidents.
While some pedestrians can walk away from a crash with relatively minor injuries, others sustain injuries that are catastrophic. The following are some examples of common injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents.
Spinal cord injury – Damage to the delicate spinal cord can disrupt messages from your brain and, therefore, disrupt numerous bodily functions. Spinal cord injuries1 can result in partial or total paralysis below the impact point and victims may never walk or have sensation in their limbs again.
Traumatic brain injury – When a pedestrian hits their head in a collision, the brain tissue can be damaged and can cause impairments with physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning. A serious traumatic brain injury2 can keep a victim from ever working again and can require ongoing medical care.
Shattered or crushed bones – While broken bones are common in any type of accident, more seriously damages bones are common in pedestrian accidents. Victims often have their limbs crushed or shattered to the point that they require extensive surgery or even to the point the bone cannot be repaired and an amputation may be necessary.
Neck and back injuries – Pedestrians often experience multiple points of impact with a car, the ground, or with another object. These impacts can cause significant damage to the joints, bones, muscles, and soft tissue of the neck and back. Such injuries can affect pedestrian accident victims for years to come.
Discuss Your Options with Our Chicago Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Whether you have suffered a minor or catastrophic injury, the negligent driver who was responsible for causing your pedestrian accident should be held fully liable for your losses. Please call 312-924-7575 to discuss a possible legal claim with the pedestrian accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. in Chicago.