Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on the road, and every year thousands of pedestrians are severely injured by motorists. In some cases, pedestrians sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in these accidents, often resulting in significant medical complications and even disabilities. Fortunately, when these injuries are the result of motorist negligence, victims are often entitled to compensation under Georgia law.
How Do Pedestrian Accidents Cause Brain Injuries?
Pedestrians are completely vulnerable to the world around them. If a vehicle hits them, they can often be thrown down to the ground or into other objects or vehicles around them. If they hit their heads either in the initial impact or in a secondary impact with the ground or something else with sufficient force, it may result in a TBI.
What Are the Symptoms of TBI?
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury depend on the severity of the injury. Some of the symptoms of a mild TBI include:
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Ringing in the ears
On the other hand, moderate to severe brain injuries can result in symptoms like slurred speech, unconsciousness, seizures, clear fluids draining from the ears or the nose, dilation of one or both pupils, and a persistent headache or a headache that gets worse. It’s important to remember that even a mild TBI is a serious medical issue, so if you have any symptoms of a brain injury, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.
Protecting Your Rights after a Georgia Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian accident can be a frightening and confusing experience. It’s not uncommon to be shaken up and uncertain as to what to do after you’ve been hit by a car or truck while you were walking. If you are able to, however, there are certain steps that you should take to protect your legal rights. These include the following:
- Document as much information as possible about your accident. Be sure to get the name of the driver who hit you and take pictures of the scene of the accident if you can.
- Seek medical attention and undergo a thorough evaluation, even if you do not think your injuries are very serious. It’s important that you start treatment promptly and that you generate an official record describing the extent and severity of your injuries.
- Do not provide the insurance company with a recorded statement.
- Contact an experienced lawyer as soon you can.
Call Brauns Law Today to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Gwinnett County Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury or any other injury in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent motorist, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. David Brauns is a former insurance defense attorney who now uses his expertise to help injured victims get the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Brauns, contact us online or call our office today at (404) 348-0889.