Both pedestrian accidents and auto accidents can result in serious injuries or death. However, it is much more common for a person to suffer this type of catastrophic injury as a pedestrian than as a driver or passenger in a vehicle. Why? Because pedestrians have little to no protection. Read on to learn about typical injuries that occur in both kinds of accidents, and if you have been injured in either, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Pedestrians Are More Likely to Die from Their Wounds
Whether or not a pedestrian survives a pedestrian accident is largely dependent on how fast the driver was going. Consider that if the driver was driving 13 miles or less at the time of impact, then the pedestrian has a 50% chance of surviving. If the driver was going over 40 miles per hour, the survival rate drops to just 20%. This is one of the reasons that speed limits are so much lower in pedestrian areas than they are on highways.
Auto Accident Injuries Are Also Dependent on Speed
While speed has a significant impact on how likely a person is to survive a pedestrian accident, it has the same effect on car accidents – though not as catastrophically. If a person is wearing their seatbelt, it is more likely than not that they will survive a car accident. If all vehicles involved in the accident were driving at or below the legal speed limit, then the chance of survival is even greater.
Common Injuries for Pedestrians
Some of the most common injuries a person might sustain in a pedestrian accident include broken bones, injury to the spinal cord, disfigurement, traumatic brain injury, and internal damage. These are all serious injuries because it is rare for a person who is struck by a vehicle to suffer only minor damages.
Common Injuries in Auto Accidents
All of the common injuries in pedestrian accidents can occur in a car accident too. However, one of the most common injuries in an auto accident is uncommon in pedestrian accidents: whiplash. This is an injury that often does not become obvious for days or even weeks after the accident, which can make it more difficult to recover compensation for damages. It can lead to the need for months or even years of physical therapy.
Call Us Today if You Have Suffered an Injury in a Pedestrian Accident or Car Accident
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or car accident, and there was someone else at fault for your accident, then you might have legal rights to recover damages. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to request a free legal consultation.