You are mindful. You walk the streets and pay attention – not looking down, reading or writing a text. Although you may keep your eyes on the road ahead, accidents do happen. Many of them are caused by distracted drivers. No matter how alert of a pedestrian you are, you may not be able to react in time or avoid every potential Sarasota pedestrian accident.
What if a driver runs a red light, and you have already walked out into the intersection? What if a driver turns the corner without looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk? What if a driver makes a left or right turn in front of you, or pulls out of a driveway without looking? These are common causes of pedestrian accidents in South Florida that may end with you in the hospital.
When pedestrians are hit by a moving motor vehicle, serious injuries often result. Some severe and painful injuries that occur in pedestrian accidents include:
- Femur fractures
- Pelvic fractures
- Arm and leg injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Chest injuries
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injury
Pedestrian Femur Injuries
When you are hit by a car, your thigh begins to swell, and you are in serious pain, you may have a femur fracture. Car and pedestrian accidents are the leading cause of femur breaks due to the great force the impact causes. Because the femur is the largest, longest, and one of the strongest bones in the human body, it takes a lot of force to break it.
Broken femurs are not to be taken lightly. In fact, femur breaks can cause massive amounts of blood loss. Also, when the bone breaks through the skin, a serious risk of infection is present and may even lead to death.
This is why a femoral shaft fracture is considered a major injury and typically requires surgery. Depending on the severity of the injury, there are different treatment options including:
- Casts or braces for the break
- Surgical screws and a metal plate inserted to stabilize the area
- Metal rod surgically inserted to connect the ends of the bone together
Broken femurs can be expensive injuries because of the doctor’s visits, surgery, physical therapy, medications, and time off work. If you have suffered from a femur fracture in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Call the Mallard Law Firm to speak with a knowledgeable Sarasota pedestrian accident attorney at (888) 409-3805 for a free consultation. Also, request our complimentary book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.