No one likes to get hurt, and for the most part, people usually don’t suffer serious injuries. They may get a cut here or there or suffer from a bump to the head, but the majority of injuries require only a day or two for recovery. Even with more serious wounds, like a simple fracture, pain is typically minor and recovery doesn’t take long.

The problem emerges when people suffer serious injuries as a result of a collision in a vehicle or because of other incidents. For example, if you are walking along the side of the road and get hit from behind by a drunk driver, you will likely have significant injuries that require medical care.

Pedestrians, in those situations, are those at one of the highest risks of death. Substantial head, neck, back and abdominal injuries could lead to profuse bleeding, nerve damage and death.

What kinds of injuries do pedestrians suffer in crashes?

It depends on the speeds involved in the crash, the angle of impact and other factors, but pedestrians often suffer contusions, lacerations, concussions and injuries to the spinal cord. The extent of the injuries is likely to increase in severity based on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the impact. For instance, if a vehicle is traveling at 30 mph, the pedestrian is more likely to survive than if the vehicle is traveling at 90 mph. The human body can only absorb a small amount of the force from the impact before that force goes on to damage the organs and tissues.

If you’re hit by a car, it may be a good idea to turn to the law for help. Making a claim can get you compensated, so you can focus on recovering, not work or financial losses.