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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

Although traffic laws are intended to protect pedestrians, not all drivers exercise caution when operating their vehicles. And, unfortunately, this often results in pedestrian accidents. Whether walking in a parking lot, crossing the street, or using the sidewalk, pedestrians who are struck by vehicles often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries.

Fortunately, pedestrian accident victims are often entitled to significant financial compensation for their injuries. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in New York, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. In this article, we examine several common injuries sustained from pedestrian accidents. 

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Although there are many causes of pedestrian accidents, below are the most common: 

Soft Tissue Damage

One common type of pedestrian injury is soft tissue damage. This type of injury includes sprains, strains, tears, dislocations, contusions, and lacerations. Although this type of injury doesn’t typically involve as much recovery time as other types of common pedestrian accident injuries, soft tissue damage can result in scarring, serious pain, and long-term health problems.  

Breaks and Fractures

Pedestrians also routinely suffer breaks and fractures. These injuries often affect pedestrians’ arms, wrists, hands, legs, shoulders, and backs. In addition, pedestrians often suffer serious breaks, including compound fractures, in which broken bone punctures the surface of the skin.  Such injuries are usually very painful and can result in long-term health problems. In addition, amputation is sometimes required in severe cases. 

Head Injuries

Head injuries are among the most serious injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents. These types of injuries, which include concussions and traumatic brain injuries, can cause victims to suffer life-altering effects. Common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include fatigue, nausea, headaches, loss of consciousness, difficulty speaking, mood swings, loss of coordination, sleep problems, dizziness, sensitivity to sound or light, anxiety, depression, and difficulty concentrating.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Finally, thousands of pedestrians every year suffer spinal cord injuries after being struck by vehicles. Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious, and they can result in paralysis or death. After suffering a spinal cord injury, victims often require long-term care, are unable to secure employment, and must radically change their lifestyles. 

Contact a Long Island & New York Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident in Long Island, New York, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can. At the distinguished law firm of Dell & Dean, PLLC, we are here to help you recover financial compensation for your pedestrian accident injuries. When you reach out to us for assistance following a pedestrian injury, we will review your situation, plan a legal strategy, and aggressively seek financial compensation on your behalf. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney

Dell & Dean, PLLC handles claims throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island as well as the boroughs of New York City, and the surrounding areas.

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.