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Can Pedestrians Sustain Whiplash In A Car Accident?

Sep 14, 2020Dan Doyle Law GroupPedestrian Accident

Being involved in a pedestrian collision often results in severe injuries. Pedestrians have very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them, and it is not uncommon for the Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys at the Dan Doyle Law Group to help clients who have sustained traumatic injuries as a result of the incident. However, pedestrians can also sustain whiplash, an injury more commonly associated with victims injured while riding inside passenger vehicles.

Whiplash and pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries for victims. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 154 pedestrian fatalities and 4,099 pedestrian injuries reported during the latest year across the Commonwealth. Often, the injuries that our attorneys help clients with in these cases include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, broken and dislocated bones, internal organ damage, and more.

However, our clients also regularly sustain whiplash injuries. These injuries are often associated with vehicle collisions, but researchers point out that whiplash can be caused by sports accidents, physical abuses, and other types of trauma. Pedestrian accidents that may not seem severe at first often result in whiplash for the pedestrian victim. Even slow-moving pedestrian collisions can lead to a rapid back and forth movement of the victim’s head, leading to whiplash injuries.

Often, whiplash is considered a minor injury by insurance carriers and others involved in these cases. However, our Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers understand that whiplash can significantly alter a person’s ability to work and live their daily lives. These injuries can lead to major economic and non-economic costs for victims.

How will whiplash affect a victim?

According to data available from the Mayo Clinic, we can see that whiplash injury victims can suffer from a range of symptoms that could inhibit their ability to work and live their daily lives. This includes:

  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Pain or tenderness in the shoulder and upper back
  • Headaches that begin at the base of the skull

Often, whiplash injury victims sustain more severe symptoms such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and more.

Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the negligence of somebody else, contact the Dan Doyle Law Group for assistance with your case today. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of these cases, and we will investigate every aspect of the incident. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need, which can include:

  • Coverage of medical bills related to the pedestrian crash
  • Lost income if the victim cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages

If you need a Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730.

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