Sometimes, car accidents aren't between multiple vehicles. While one car accidents do happen relatively frequently, especially in inclement weather, that isn’t really what I'm speaking about today. Today, I want to talk about what happens to you when you are hit as a pedestrian. While we all know that pedestrians legally have the right of way in many situations, this doesn’t always mean that drivers will respect this fact. It can often feel like you’re taking your life into your hands, even if you are following all of the stated traffic laws. This frequently depends on how recklessly people drive through certain areas and intersections. Being a pedestrian can be extremely dangerous if you are crossing the street, even if you are in a crosswalk.
When you are hit as a pedestrian, it is very different from being hit while in a car. If you are walking on the road as opposed to driving, you don’t have a large metal barrier around you to take the brunt of the impact. All of the physical trauma from the crash is going to directly hit your body instead of being absorbed and dissipated by the metal and air bags and other safety features that you have in a car. Think about the damage that can occur on a vehicle in a crash. Now apply that to the possibility that you are being hit instead. It definitely leaves you with an unpleasant mental image, I'm sure.
While the human body is generally very resilient, there is only so much impact trauma that it can be expected to take. If you’ve ever been hit by something large or fallen and had the wind knocked out of you, you understand how low that threshold can be. With a multi-ton vehicle crashing into you, it is unrealistic to expect your body to be able to simply stand up and walk away. More often than not, a hospital trip and stay will be needed. You can only hope that it won't be a long visit.
Pedestrian accidents can be difficult to deal with both from a physical standpoint and a legal one. Thankfully, the Accident and Injury Center can help you with both! Our chiropractors can help you deal with your pain and injuries, and we can help you find legal representation if it is needed. Our main goal is always your health and safety, so call us to set up an appointment today!
Buses are one of the most important, yet most frustrating aspects of living in any given area. Even large cities with funding to their public transportation system field a lot of complaints about the quality of the transit. You often find that buses are not on time, they are often dirty, and the service itself may not be as expansive as you need. Even driving on the road with them can be frustrating, as you need to be careful while behind them in case they stop or pull off to the side of the road for a stop. It isn't any wonder that bus accidents happen, but they are often severe when they do.
While buses may be larger than other commercial vehicles, they are not necessarily safer when it comes to a severe accident. A vehicle that does not require seat belts naturally runs a higher risk of injuries if something goes wrong. It may be true that a bus is less likely to be totaled than something small like a Smart Car, but that doesn’t mean that they will protect every passenger if something does collide with them. Far too many drivers on the road either don’t realize how much damage can be done with a bus, or they simply don’t care. Whatever the cause of the crash, it is important to remember that simply being on a bus will not automatically mean that you are safe from harm.
If you are driving and notice a bus driving in the same area as you, be sure to be cautious around them. It is never easy being in control of a car, but being behind the wheel of something even larger is often nerve-wracking for everyone involved. It is important to remind yourself that everyone’s goal is to get themselves and their passengers to their destination safely. Always do your best to coordinate with other drivers to create a safe driving environment.
Unfortunately, we know that bus accidents do happen. If you were injured because of a crash that involved a bus, call the Accident and Injury Center today. There are a lot of lasting problems that can come from a motor vehicle accident and the larger the vehicle, the worse they can be. We will do everything we can to help you get back to your old self and work toward healing any pain you might still have. Give us a call so we can help you today!