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Pedestrians Are Likely to Suffer Serious Injuries in a Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Vancouver traffic can be pretty horrible—parking the car and walking around downtown is a nice change. However, just because you are not behind the wheel, doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention to your surroundings. After all, getting hit by a ton of steel causes much more damage to a pedestrian than it does the driver.

Records show that more pedestrians die on city streets than motorists, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. According to the Vancouver Police Department, pedestrians represent approximately 53 percent of traffic fatalities. When a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian suffers far more serious injuries than the motorists do—especially if the car is traveling above 45 km/hour.

Common Injuries for Motorists

Assuming accident was a straight collision into the pedestrian and no evasive action was taken, motorists may suffer the following injuries:

  • Bumps and bruises
  • Mild whiplash
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Head injury

Common Injuries for Pedestrians

Pedestrians, on the other hand, may suffer the following serious injuries:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe lacerations
  • Head, neck and spinal cord trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Limb amputations
  • Death

The simple fact of the matter is, when a car crashes into a pedestrian, the motorists are protected by several inches of steel, airbags, seat belts, and padding. Pedestrians are not protected at all. That is why it is extremely important for drivers to be consciously aware of movement on sidewalks, crosswalks, and road shoulders to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Likewise, it is even more important for pedestrians to pay attention to the traffic around them, follow safe walking techniques, and to remember that it is far easier for them to stop walking, than it is for a vehicle to stop abruptly.

Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident? Contact our office to schedule a complimentary case evaluation and get the advice and support you deserve.