5 types of pedestrian accidents

When you think about pedestrian accidents, you may envision someone being thrown over the roof of the car – much like a scene from an action movie. Some people might be surprised to know that there are actually five (5) different types of pedestrian accidents.

The five different types of pedestrian collisions are:

Wrap Trajectory
The most common type of pedestrian collision, which usually involves a decelerating vehicle. In this type of collision, the pedestrian’s torso wraps up onto the vehicle’s hood.

Forward Projection
This is the most common type of pedestrian collision that occurs with children. This type of collision occurs when the pedestrian’s center of mass is lower than the leading edge of the vehicle.

Fender Vault
This type of collision involves both vehicles which are braking and non-braking. The pedestrian is contacted near an outboard edge: the torso is wrapped onto the hood of the vehicle, and the pedestrian exits off of the side of the vehicle.

Roof Vault
This type of pedestrian collision occurs when a pedestrian center of mass is higher than the leading edge of the vehicle. The pedestrian is lifted into the air because of the vehicle’s speed or a low roof line. Typically, these types of pedestrian collisions are caused by high impact speeds.

Somersault
This is the least common of pedestrian collisions and is due to high impact speeds. The pedestrian is flipped into the air (or is somersaulted) before striking the ground.

Determining what type of pedestrian collision requires an analysis of the collision scene, a vehicle examination and an examination of the pedestrian’s injuries. From the analysis of these examinations, an accident re-constructionist will be able to determine how a person was contacted by the vehicle, if the person went up onto the vehicle, how the person fell to the ground, and what occurred while the pedestrian was on the ground.

According to the CDC, in 2010, 4,280
pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another
70,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian
death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to
be killed in a car crash on each trip.

If you’ve been struck by a car or injured in a  motor vehicle accident, you may be able to recover for your injuries. Medical bills from accidents can easily exceed $10,000 and may even reach hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the injuries and treatment required. Sometimes, people may suffer lost wages if they are forced to stay out of work due to an injury and in some cases people may be unable to return to their previous occupation, which may result in serious economic damages and financial harm. In certain cases, if someone has sustained injuries and cannot return to their trade or occupation, the use of an economist may be required to assist in evaluating the scope of any lost future earnings, which can be substantial.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle or motor vehicle accidentcontact attorney Joseph Curran of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. to discuss the situation and determine the next best steps, or call us directly at 781-618-3197.

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