To stay safe and keep other people safe, it’s necessary for Florida pedestrians to follow the laws, just like drivers. However, accidents still happen every day. If a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the injuries can be extreme.
Some facts about pedestrian accidents around the country include:
While the statistics are quite shocking, the likelihood of an accident isn’t all you need to know. It’s also a good idea to know some of the most common type of injuries that occur in a pedestrian-vehicle collision.
One of the first parts of a pedestrian’s body that are likely to come in contact with the vehicle is the lower body. Up to 50% of pedestrians experience injuries in the lower part of their body. Trauma to the ligaments and muscles, pelvis fractures, lacerations, and broken bones are all common.
The second part of the body that is typically impacted is the neck, face, or head. This occurs when this part of the body strikes the windshield or hood. Approximately 38% of pedestrians suffer an injury to their neck, face or head. Some of the common examples of these injuries include shoulder displacement, vertebrae injuries, neck injuries, jaw fractures, skull damage, lacerations, and concussions.
The last impact, in many cases, is if a pedestrian lands on the hood of the vehicle or if they are tossed over the vehicle. Approximately 27% of pedestrians will experience an injury to their upper extremity. Various musculoskeletal injuries occur in the arms, wrists, and hands. Other injuries that may occur include those to the abdominal area or chest.
It’s estimated that pedestrians are up to twice as likely to have a head injury than to have an injury to their abdomen or chest. Any injury to this part of the body can be severe and even fatal to pedestrians.
One of the best things you can do is to follow all the laws when you are a pedestrian. According to the Florida statutes, there are certain expectations for pedestrians, with some of these being:
Even if you follow all the rules, accidents still happen. If you are the victim of a pedestrian-vehicle accident, contact a personal injury attorney for help. To learn more, contact Fetterman & Associates for by calling (561) 845-2510.