Major Injuries in Antelope Pedestrian Accident
I’m Ed Smith, an Antelope pedestrian accident lawyer. An early morning accident on August 16 in front of Antelope High School left one person with major injuries. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that lanes were blocked by the accident, which occurred at Titan Drive and Shell Beach Drive shortly before 7:40 in the morning. The Sacramento Fire Department was called so that paramedics could assess the injured person. The identity of that person is unknown at this time as well as which hospital that individual was taken to for additional treatment and evaluation.
School Safety at Antelope High School
The high school has made extensive efforts to make the school and area surrounding it safe for motorists and students alike. Such efforts have included working with representatives of the CHP and increasing safety awareness among students. However, pedestrian injuries caused by motor vehicles are common throughout the state and may require additional training and measures to ensure increased safety for all. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that in 2015, the most recent year where statistics are available, there were 535 pedestrians injured or killed in accidents that involved motor vehicles. Of the total of 11,710 individuals who were injured or died in traffic collisions, 2,923 involved speeding.
Accident Injuries to Pedestrians
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries or death when in a collision with a motor vehicle because of their lack of protection. The extent of injuries can be related to the vehicle’s speed. The faster a vehicle is going, the higher the risk. Some of the common injuries in a pedestrian accident are as follows:
- Head and brain trauma: These types of injuries can range from concussions to more severe forms of traumatic brain injuries, including hemorrhage, brain swelling, and skull fracture. The more severe types of head injuries can result in extensive hospitalization and treatment, and the individual may have permanent changes in cognition and other functions.
- Abdominal trauma: Injuries may range from bruising to internal bleeding and organ damage. The spleen is the most common organ to be harmed in an accident. Abdominal trauma can be life-threatening.
- Spinal cord damage: Damage to the spinal cord can result in permanent injury to an individual’s muscle strength, sensation, and other functions. Injuries to the spinal cord can result in complete or partial paralysis, leaving the individual with a permanent, severe disability.
- Bone fracture: In pedestrian accidents, leg fractures are most common. However, any bone may be broken due to the severity of the impact on the pedestrian.
- Amputation: This type of injury is less common in a pedestrian accident but can occur, particularly if the collision happens when the walker is caught between two vehicles. Recovery from amputation of a limb can be slow due to extensive rehabilitation.
- Chest injury: Injuries to the chest can include severe bruising, broken ribs which, in some cases, lead to a punctured lung and damage to the heart itself. Treatment depends on the extent of damage, and many chest injuries are life-threatening.
Antelope Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, an Antelope pedestrian accident lawyer. When a pedestrian is struck by a negligent driver, it can result in terrible injuries and high medical bills, lost time from work and other costs. If this happened to you or your loved one, I can offer you compassionate, free and friendly advice. You can reach me at (916) 921-6400 in the area around Antelope and Sacramento. If you are calling from elsewhere in Northern California, I have a toll-free line at (800) 404-5400. We also offer a convenient online contact form.
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