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The most common injuries that pedestrians suffer in accidents

There are many kinds of injuries that pedestrians can suffer in a car accident, but it's fairly obvious which types are the most likely to take place due to the way these accidents happen. The problem with pedestrian injuries is that they can be hard to evaluate until a pedestrian is taken to a hospital and stabilized. In a study released in 2004 that looked at a decade of pedestrian accident injuries between 1993 and 2003, 5,838 patients observed.

The most common injuries suffered by those involved in a pedestrian accident, which included 972 patients in the study, were head injuries. These made up 10.6 percent of the injuries. Chest injuries made up around 3 percent of the injuries. Abdominal injuries were seen less often at only 2.1 percent. Other extremities were injured around 1.2 percent of the time.

At the scene of an accident, the response team needs to stabilize the injured party. The first thing that has to be monitored is the airway and any obstructions or difficulties. If breathing is difficult, a patient may need intubation.

Circulation is checked next, as a failing pulse rate can indicate the severity of an injury in different parts of the body. Disabilities are looked for next. If the patient can't feel his legs or arms, then there's a significant change that a head, neck, or back injury has occurred.

Finally, exposure has to be monitored. Even in relatively warm temperatures, if a victim is lying on a cool surface or is exposed to rain or sun, it can lead to further complications.

Pedestrians who are injured by drivers often suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy. That's why it's essential to take legal action to try to recover damages to cover these costs.

Source: Slide Share, "Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents 'Common Injury Patterns'," Dr. Nic Sparrow MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, accessed Feb. 05, 2016

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