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What are the most common injuries in pedestrian accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Pedestrians are particularly at risk of severe injuries when involved in auto accidents. Pedestrians do not have the same kinds of protections as drivers do, so they take the brunt of the force directly to their bodies.

There are a few kinds of injuries that are most common in pedestrian crashes. These include spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures and lacerations. Injuries to the lower extremities are particularly common, especially when hit by a car. Here is more information on some of the most common pedestrian injuries.

Spinal injuries

Spinal injuries are common in pedestrian accidents because there is no protection against a vehicle directly impacting the spine. Spinal injuries might include fractures, spinal cord injuries or other wounds that could potentially cause paralysis or other severe symptoms.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries occur if a pedestrian hits their head during the collision. Someone who is hit hard enough may be thrown and hit their head when they land, for example. These injuries may cause long-term complications with speech, vision, hearing, balance and other functions, so they need to be treated right away.


With a lack of protection against the force of a collision, fractures are common. Fractures can happen when the auto first makes contact as well as when the pedestrian comes to rest, such as if they are thrown onto a curb. Compound fractures may require surgery, but any fracture needs medical attention after a car crash.


Lacerations are a common result of the skin being sliced or cut upon coming into contact with the vehicle or the ground. Severe lacerations could require surgery, while minor lacerations might just need stitches.

Psychological injuries

Finally, there is a high risk of psychological injuries in car crashes with pedestrians. Post-traumatic stress disorder is possible, and this may disrupt the person’s life in many ways as they attempt to recover.

Injuries come in many shapes and forms after a car crash. If you are struck by a driver, remember that you may be able to make a personal injury claim and hold them accountable for mistakes leading to the accident.


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