When motor vehicles and pedestrians collide, the impact can result in devastating injuries for the person traveling on foot. Pedestrians are vulnerable in these situations, as they have virtually no protection from the impact with a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, many pedestrians are killed in traffic collisions throughout the United States every year.

Numerous individuals suffer non-life-threatening injuries in pedestrian accidents every day. While some of these injuries might be relatively minor, it is not unusual for these injuries to have life-changing consequences. An experienced car accident lawyer can help hold a negligent driver accountable after striking a pedestrian.

Types of Injuries in Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Common pedestrian accident injuries include:

Head Trauma

Damage to the head is frequently severe. These injuries are common with pedestrian accidents, as the force of the car could knock over the pedestrian and cause their head to strike the pavement. 

Head trauma can cause skull fractures and damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can have permanent side effects, including cognitive issues, personality changes, tinnitus, or chronic headaches.

There are different types of traumatic brain injuries. While concussions are the most common example of these injuries, other forms of traumatic brain injuries could include diffuse axonal injuries, brain contusions, or penetrating wounds.

Spinal Damage

Damage to the spinal cord is another serious injury that is common in pedestrian accidents. The spinal cord could suffer damage following an impact to the head, neck, or back. One of the most significant consequences of spinal damage is paralysis.

Paralysis can take multiple forms. In rare cases, it could impact only a single limb or side of the body. More common forms of paralysis include paraplegia and quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the loss of feeling or motor control from the waist down. Quadriplegia involves paralysis below the neck.

Severe Burns

Severe burns can occur in a pedestrian accident under certain circumstances. When the vehicle involved in the accident suffers major damage, it can catch on fire. This fire could cause extensive burn injuries to a pedestrian trapped against or beneath the burning vehicle. These burns can lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement. In many cases, a burn could also cause chronic pain that lasts for the rest of the injury victim’s life.

Internal Injuries

Injuries to organs within the body can also occur in a pedestrian accident. These injuries are common in these cases due to the high propensity for pedestrians to be crushed by an automobile. Internal injuries could involve acute damage to the organs themselves. Additionally, internal bleeding is also a potentially life-threatening consequence of internal injuries.


Broken bones are one of the most common injuries in a pedestrian injury accident. The specific type of fracture suffered by a pedestrian will depend in part on how the accident occurred. For example, a pedestrian that is knocked on their back could suffer broken ribs. Alternatively, broken legs or ankles are common for pedestrians that are run over by an automobile. Fractures in the arms, wrists, feet, and skull are also common.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Injuries

Common causes of pedestrian injuries include:

  • Failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
  • Distracted drivers (including drivers who are texting while driving)
  • Drivers impaired by drugs, alcohol, or medication
  • Poor visibility because of bad weather, darkness, or obstructions in the roadway
  • Vehicles making left turns
  • Pedestrians crossing a roadway or intersection improperly
  • Road construction

Pedestrian Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions

Discuss Your Case With a Pedestrian Injury Attorney

If you are living with serious injuries stemming from a pedestrian accident, you have the right to seek compensation against the negligent driver. Treating these injuries could prove costly, particularly in cases where lifelong medical care is necessary.

The team at Reyes Brown Reilley is prepared to aggressively pursue pedestrian injury compensation on your behalf. When you work with our law firm, it sends a message to the insurance company that you will never accept anything less than a fair settlement. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer handling your lawsuit means you can focus fully on healing and moving on to the next chapter in your life. To discuss your case in detail, schedule a free consultation today.