While walking offers health benefits, pedestrians need to take care when strolling around Los Angeles. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, almost 5,000 people die every year in the United States due to pedestrian vehicle accidents.
Often times, Los Angeles pedestrian accidents are caused by the driver of a vehicle being distracted or driving negligently.
The injuries sustained by a vehicle pedestrian crash can vary depending on many factors. Some of the common injuries include:
- Road rash – Falling and scraping across the road or sidewalk causes the body to come in contact with gravel, dirt, and other debris. This can cause scrapes and cuts known as road rash.
- Broken bones – Broken bones are the most common injuries associated with a pedestrian accident. A broken bone can be painful and difficult to recover from. Many times, a broken bone will require surgery in order for it to correctly heal.
- Head injury – The force of being hit by a vehicle can cause serious brain trauma. Hitting the head on the vehicle or ground typically causes severe closed-head trauma.
- Spinal cord injury – The human spine cannot take severe impacts without sustaining damage. A damaged spinal cord often causes lifelong complications and disabilities.
If you have sustained an injury due to a pedestrian accident you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney at Steinberg. Call 800-989-6385 today to schedule a free consultation and to receive a free copy of our guide, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.