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Support for Victims of Pedestrian Accidents with TBI

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Pedestrians are often at risk of being hit by a car when crossing the street or walking alongside a road. When pedestrian accidents happen, one of the most overlooked injuries is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

How common are TBIs in pedestrian accidents?

Traumatic brain injuries due to pedestrian accidents happen at an alarming rate. One scientific study found that the likelihood of a moderate brain injury was 90 percent for pedestrians involved in an accident caused by a car. The same study found that 55 percent of pedestrians hit by a car will develop a serious brain injury.

And when it comes to all motor vehicle accident fatalities in Maine, more than 12 percent each year on average involve fatal pedestrian accidents, according to accident data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Why do pedestrian accidents result in brain injuries?

It's easy to understand why pedestrians develop serious brain injuries after being hit by a car. Motor vehicles are much larger and heavier and travel much faster than people walking alongside a road or crossing the street.

When motor vehicles hit pedestrians, many hit their heads on the ground or slam their heads against the windshield or another part of the car. When this happens, brain injuries are a common outcome.

What are common brain injuries in pedestrian accidents?

Brain injuries sustained by pedestrians in accidents can vary widely and may include:

  • Concussions: Ranging from mild to severe, concussions are a common type of brain injury in pedestrian accidents. They occur when the brain undergoes rapid movement within the skull, leading to temporary cognitive impairment and symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Contusions: Often referred to as brain bruises, contusions occur when the brain strikes the inside of the skull during a pedestrian accident. Depending on the force of impact, contusions can lead to localized swelling and neurological deficits.
  • Brain Hemorrhages: Brain hemorrhages involve bleeding within the brain and can result from the forceful impact experienced in pedestrian accidents. Depending on the severity and location of the hemorrhage, it can lead to serious neurological complications and require immediate medical attention.
  • Hematomas: Hematomas are blood clots that form in or around the brain as a result of trauma. In pedestrian accidents, hematomas can exert pressure on the brain tissue, leading to neurological symptoms and potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): DAI occurs when the brain's nerve fibers are stretched, torn, or sheared due to rapid acceleration or deceleration forces experienced in pedestrian accidents. This type of injury can result in widespread damage throughout the brain and may lead to long-term neurological impairments.
  • Skull Fractures: Fractures in the skull bones can occur when pedestrians are struck by vehicles or fall during accidents. Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, it can pose a risk of further injury to the brain and surrounding tissues.

Recognizing signs and symptoms of TBI

After a pedestrian accident, it's crucial to pay attention to any unusual symptoms that may indicate a TBI. Seeking medical attention promptly can ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms of pedestrian brain injuries include:

  • Frequent headaches.
  • Ringing noise in the ears.
  • Sensitivity to loud noises and bright lights.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Dizziness and poor balance.
  • Unexplained mood changes.

You know yourself or your loved one best. Trust your instincts—if something feels off after a pedestrian accident, don't hesitate to seek medical advice. A healthcare professional can conduct the necessary tests to determine if a brain injury has occurred and provide appropriate care. Your health and well-being are the most important, so don't delay in getting the help you need.

Why should I hire a pedestrian accident attorney?

Dealing with the aftermath of a pedestrian accident and a resulting brain injury can be overwhelming. At Jabar LaLiberty, LLC, our dedicated legal team in Maine is committed to guiding you through this challenging time.

With an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm by your side, you regain control over your situation. Instead of feeling pressured by insurance companies or others dictating your next steps, you can confidently pursue the compensation you deserve for your brain injury claim or lawsuit.

Put your trust in a law firm that injured Mainers count on. Contact us and schedule a free consultation. Our offices are located in Portland and Waterville, Maine.

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