Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on Dallas roads, given their complete lack of protection against serious injuries. Pedestrian accident injuries are wide in range, and include everything from head and brain injuries that can be disabling or fatal, to fractures and broken bones.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Fractures or broken bones are among the most frequent pedestrian injuries caused by accidents in Dallas. Leg and hip fractures are very common, because typically the car hits the pedestrian at the leg or hip level. Leg fractures can include fractures of the foot which can cause severe disability and may require the victim to stay off his feet for several weeks.
Head and spinal injuries are some of the more serious pedestrian injuries associated with accidents. The incidence of head or spinal injury depends on the speed of the car at the time, the size of the car and other factors.
Typically, head and spinal injuries occur when a person is thrown away from the point of impact at great speed, and falls back on the concrete. It is not uncommon for a pedestrian to land dozens of feet away from the point of impact. In such cases, brain and spinal pedestrian injuries are very common.
Apart from leg fractures, pedestrians are also at risk for other injuries to the legs and hips. While fractures can heal, a pedestrian could suffer injuries to the blood vessels with resulting complications.
If there is major tissue damage to the leg, the person could even require an amputation. If the car ran over the pedestrian’s leg or any other limb, it could result in a severe crushing injury that would also necessitate the need for a limb amputation.
Apart from these, an accident can also include other pedestrian injuries like the following.
- Cuts and wounds
- Road rash
- Arm and hand fractures
- Neck injuries
- Facial injuries and scarring
The severity of an injury depends on a number of factors.
- Age of the patient (older or child pedestrians are at a higher risk of suffering serious injuries)
- Speed of the vehicle
- Type of vehicle (impact with a larger vehicle like an SUV could result in injuries that are different from those that occur during an accident involving a smaller car)
- Objects that the person was carrying at the time of impact
- Point of impact with the vehicle
Compensation for Pedestrian Injuries
A person, who has suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident in Dallas, is eligible to file a claim for compensation for injuries. You are possibly eligible for a claim even if you were partly to blame for your own injuries in the accident.
For instance, if you were crossing the road outside of a marked and designated crosswalk, and suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident, you could still file a claim for compensation for damages. However, the value of the compensation could be reduced to take into account your negligence in the accident.
Compensation recoverable in a pedestrian accident claim in Dallas could include this list and more.
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Pain and suffering
If you have suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, get legal help before you file a claim. To discuss your claim for compensation for your injuries, speak to Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer Julie Johnson. Call 214-290-8001 to speak with attorney Johnson or schedule an appointment with her by filling out the online consultation form. Initial consultations are free.