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Published on February 22, 2024

5 Scary Consequences of a Pedestrian Accident

Almost all of us take the act of crossing the street for granted. We’ve done it so many times that we’ve become completely oblivious to the fact that one pedestrian accident is enough to shatter our lives in an instant. 

The aftermath of a pedestrian accident can be devastating, leaving individuals and families struggling with physical, emotional, and financial trauma. 

Pedestrian accident lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz understand the weight of these consequences all too well. We’ve witnessed firsthand the toll these incidents take on the lives of our clients and their loved ones.

In this article, we’ll be shedding light on five stark and unsettling consequences of an accident that can linger on long after the sirens have faded.

Devastating Injuries  

Getting hit by a car as a pedestrian is like getting a sudden punch to the gut. But unlike a punch, the pain remains for a long time. 

When you get knocked to the ground, you’ll hear your bones crunch, and the world will begin to spin around you. You’re at risk of devastating injuries, ranging from broken bones to severe head trauma. 

Any injury you end up with will take a toll on your daily life. Simple tasks will become harder than usual, and you’ll have to deal with the intense physical pain as well.

Permanent Disabilities 

A pedestrian accident can leave scars that go far beyond the surface. When an accident leaves you with a disability, your reality will be altered forever. Nothing is worse than waking up to discover that you now have a body part that no longer obeys your commands. 

You’ll have to struggle with adjusting physically and navigating the complex emotions that come with accepting a new normal. The weight of this new change extends to your loved ones, who now have to assume the role of caretaker. 

Not everyone is lucky enough to have kith and kin who are devoted to their well-being. You may have to find paid care and assistance from people who do not consider you a burden.

Emotional and Psychological Trauma 

There’s more to pedestrian accidents than just physical scars and broken bones. Victims have to deal with wounds that no one can see. The emotional and psychological trauma that follows can be just as devastating, if not more so, than the physical injuries.

Emotional trauma can leave you mentally scarred if you do not have the stamina to endure the nightmares that haunt your sleep, the panic that grips your chest every time you step outside, and the flashbacks that transport you back to the moment of impact. 

Bankruptcy 

Your finances will also take a major jot. Medical bills can pile up to swallow up a good quota of your savings. There’s nothing worse than watching helplessly as your bank account dwindles, your debts multiply, and the future you once dreamed of slips further out of reach.

It’s a sinking feeling to know that no matter how hard you work, you’ll never be able to climb out from under the weight of your financial burden. 

The good news is, that you do not have to bear this burden alone. Experienced attorneys can help you get compensation that can cover your expenses.

Death

The ultimate tragedy of a pedestrian accident is when a life is lost. The loved ones of the deceased have to go through the dread of receiving that devastating phone call, and then process grief that’s heavy enough to overwhelm them. While there’s no remedy for a lost loved one, a good attorney can help the family sue for justice and even compensation.

Wrapping Up

A pedestrian accident is a tragedy that serves as a wake-up call to the fragility of life. It reminds us of the profound impact of split-second decisions. 

Most importantly, it gives us the right motivation to take road safety more seriously than we ever have. 

As a victim of a pedestrian accident, you have the right to sue the at-fault party to cover your losses. Even if some of these losses cannot be monetarily quantified, your attorney can help you get solid compensation to reimburse you for the misfortune.


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