Whether it’s a fitness choice or simply the most practical decision, walking is a great way to get around. Sadly, completing a journey on foot comes with a number of risks.
Pedestrians rarely get to operate in a space that is free from traffic and other hazards, and cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles don’t always mix well with those on foot. All of these vehicles travel at faster speeds, are made of hard materials and weigh a significant amount more than the average person. As a result, pedestrians will tend to fare much worse during a collision. Outlined below are some of the more common injury risks associated with pedestrian accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries
Among the more serious injuries that a pedestrian can suffer is head trauma. Any blow to the head should be treated as a medical emergency that could result in Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The severity and symptoms of brain injuries vary. Some people experience headaches, confusion and mood swings that last for a few days or weeks. In more serious cases, people undergo a complete transformation in their personality, struggle with motor skills and require lifelong medical care.
The spine contains multiple components that are crucial to the body’s nervous system. Even a partial injury to the spinal cord can be life-altering and more extensive injuries might be fatal. Often, patients suffer from paralysis which requires lifelong care.
As a pedestrian, you are especially vulnerable during an accident, so it is vital to protect yourself. If you have been harmed as a result of someone else’s behavior, you may be able to pursue legal compensation for the injuries you have sustained.