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Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer Oakland

Pedestrian accidents in California have been steadily increasing over the last few years. Injuries can be devastating. We offer aggressive yet compassionate representation.
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Pedestrian Accidents

California Pedestrian Accidents

Medical experts agree that walking is good for your mental and physical health, but not if you are injured in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians are completely unprotected and extremely vulnerable to serious injury when hit by a 3,000 lb passenger vehicle.

When the front of a vehicle hits an adult pedestrian, several different impacts occur, as reported at PubMed Central. When the vehicle front bumper hits the lower region of the victim’s legs, the legs move in the direction the vehicle is traveling, while the upper body and head hit the hood or windshield. If the vehicle is traveling fast enough, the victim is often thrown off the vehicle, hitting the pavement, suffering a secondary impact.

Pedestrian injuries are a growing concern for the healthcare industry in the U.S. and worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,735 pedestrians died and 66,000 were injured in traffic crashes in a recent year nationwide. In California, 701 pedestrians were killed, accounting for 23.4% of the state’s 3,000 traffic fatalities.

Several factors determine the severity of injuries in a pedestrian accident, including vehicle speed, angle of impact, center of gravity of the victim, vehicle design, the part of body that first comes into contact with the vehicle, and the part of the vehicle that makes initial contact with the body.

Many different types of injuries can result from pedestrian accidents. Common injuries include:

“According to the estimates, one pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes and one is killed every 113 minutes in the U.S.”
Head & Traumatic Brain Injury
Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most serious types of injuries. The injured party may require significant time and resources to recover. In many cases, the injury results in disabilities or death.
Neck Injuries
Neck injuries are some of the most common injuries, including whiplash, resulting from pedestrian accidents. The severity ranges from moderate to severe.
Leg Injuries
Multiple leg injuries can result from a pedestrian accident. They could be mild, like bruising, or can be more significant, like ligament injuries, lacerations, fractures, or crush injuries that may result in amputation.
Hip Injuries
A pedestrian accident resulting in a fall often results in a hip injury. Hip fractures, bursitis, and tendonitis are common, but you also need to look out for delayed hip pain.
Musculoskeletal Injuries
Musculoskeletal injuries are common in pedestrian accidents especially when children are involved. These types of injuries typically involve strains, sprains, contusions, dislocations, and fractures. Sometimes, they can lead to long-term disabilities.
Spinal Dislocations
Spine injuries can be very serious and have a significant impact on the quality of your life. Paralysis may result when trauma damages or severs the spinal cord.
Chest & Abdominal Injuries
Torso injuries are very common in pedestrian accidents. They are significant because they increase the risk of death. These injuries typically involve trauma to the rib cage, lungs, and liver.

If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident in the San Francisco Bay area because of someone else’s negligence, contact The Law Offices of Edward C. Casey Jr. as soon as possible. You may be entitled to file a claim for compensation for the damages you have suffered, including your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our experienced California pedestrian accident attorneys are committed to helping injured California pedestrians pursue the compensation they deserve.

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