Whether you live here in South Carolina or another state, everyone knows the devastation that accompanies a motor vehicle accident. Although there is the physical damage to the vehicle or vehicles involved, the injuries suffered by passengers can be just as devastating. In more severe accidents, a person may even be killed, which can wreak havoc on a victim’s family and friends.
Although injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident can range from minor lacerations and abrasions to more severe and even fatal injuries, many consider pedestrian accidents to be the worst. That’s because, unlike victims of motor vehicle accidents, people involved in pedestrian accidents do not have the protection of a vehicle’s frame to absorb some of the impact. Instead, a pedestrian’s body is taking all of the force, oftentimes resulting in catastrophic injuries and a higher risk of death.
Pedestrians who are unfortunate enough to become victims of an inattentive or negligent driver may suffer a variety of injuries including, but not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
As you can imagine, many of the injuries we just listed can be life threatening, which is why pedestrian accidents are so incredibly dangerous.
Though this may seem grim, it’s important to note that accident victims as well as their families (in the event of wrongful death) can seek compensation through civil litigation. With the help of an experienced accident attorney, victims and their families are able to file a personal injury claim that holds the negligent driver accountable for their actions. And depending on how the court decides or if a settlement is reached, they may even be awarded fair compensation that can be used to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the crash.