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Spine Injuries to Pedestrians in Car Accident – Car Accident Attorney in Detroit & SouthField Michigan

When a car accident happens, it is not only the drivers and passengers who are at risk. Pedestrians and bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time can be seriously hurt or killed. Each year in Michigan, there are more than 2,000 motor vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Of those, nearly seven percent result in death and 80 percent in injury. 
 
One of the most common injuries to Michigan pedestrian accidents is spinal cord damage, which can cause chronic pain, partial paralysis or quadriplegia, permanent disability, and other harm. In a collision with a motor vehicle, a pedestrian can suffer fractured or broken vertebrae or trauma to the spinal cord. The pedestrian can also suffer spinal cord injuries when they are thrown to the ground or strike other objects following the collision. This secondary impact carries additional risk of spinal compression, broken vertebrae, or herniated discs. 
 
In the aftermath of a car accident, victims should not be moved without assistance from emergency personnel or qualified medical professionals. Moving a pedestrian who recently sustained a spinal trauma can worsen the injuries. Even with prompt medical attention, the prognosis for many spinal cord injury victims will remain uncertain for weeks or months. 
 
Establishing liability after a Michigan pedestrian accident
 
Michigan motor vehicle laws seek to protect pedestrians by requiring drivers to yield the right-of-way, such as when pedestrians are:

  • Crossing the street;
  • Walking or standing on the sidewalk;
  • Traversing through a parking lot; or
  • Crossing a driveway or other entrance.

When a driver is negligent and fails to observe stop signs, cross-walks, and other safeguards, they endanger pedestrians. Injuries to adult pedestrians can be life-changing, but when a child is struck and injured – or worse, killed – by a careless motorist, the consequences can be devastating.

Contact an experienced spine injury law firm for a free consultation

If you or someone you love has suffered a severe spine injury in a pedestrian accident, contact the personal injury law firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C. For more than 40 years, we have represented individuals and families harmed because of a driver’s negligence, and have helped them recover compensation for their physical, emotional, and economic damages. Do not trust an insurance company to pay you what you deserve – instead, contact us today at 866-335-9517 to learn how we will fight for your rights.

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