It might surprise you to learn that in the United States, a pedestrian is killed in an accident about every 88 minutes. Further, about twenty times that many pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries. What are some of the types of injuries pedestrians suffer, and what’s the best kind of treatment if you are injured as a pedestrian?
Pedestrian accidents are often the result of a driver being intoxicated, aggressive, or simply distracted. Pedestrians are struck in crosswalks when a vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way, they’re struck by vehicles backing out of a parking space, or they’re hit by someone who has lost control of a vehicle. Because of the size of an automobile and the lack of protection for a pedestrian, injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be very serious. Pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Usually caused by a violent blow to the head or body, these can range from minor injuries to injuries with serious medical consequences.
- Fractures: Even though they’re treatable, fractures, or broken bones, can cause lifelong pain and medical problems.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A sudden, traumatic blow can fractur the spine or dislocate vertebrae. Even a minor amount of damage to the spine can have life-altering results because the spinal cord transmits signals between the brain and body.
- Injury to or Amputation of Extremities: Sometimes, a pedestrian accident can result in the accidental amputation of limbs and extremities. Other times, the impact can cause injuries to the extremities like scrapes and fractures.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Bruises, lacerations, tears, dislocations, and sprains are all considered soft tissue injuries. Sometimes these injuries don’t need extensive medical intervention, but they can still cause significant pain and be extremely disruptive.
- Emotional and Psychological Trauma: A pedestrian accident is an extremely traumatic event, and some pedestrians might have trouble coping with the trauma it causes.
After a pedestrian accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t believe you’re seriously injured. It’s important to be thoroughly examined by a specialist with experience in treating the types of injuries caused by pedestrian accidents, so that your injuries can be correctly identified. Prompt attention to these injuries can improve your chances of a speedy recovery.
If you’ve been in an accident, you need effective medical treatment, including chiropractic care from a highly-qualified chiropractor. At Auto Injury Treatment Centers, we’re committed to providing patients with the attention and care they need for a swift recovery. Our chiropractors have decades of experience treating auto accident and work injury victims, and we offer the most comprehensive chiropractic treatment in Arizona. We’ve got 45 locations to serve you, and you don’t have to have health insurance to come in for chiropractic care. Contact us through our website, call us at 602.253. 8888 or schedule an appointment online.