Injuries Reported after Medical Student Is Struck by Car near Vanderbilt
A medical student suffered serious injuries after he or she was struck by a vehicle while walking near the Hillsboro and West End areas Monday night.
According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred at the intersection of Natchez Trace and Blakemore Avenue just after 8 p.m. The student was in the process of crossing Natchez Trace when he or she was struck by a white Nissan sedan.
Police told reporters that the victim was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, which are said to be non-life-threatening.
After the accident, the driver remained at the scene to speak with police officers and cooperate with the investigation. Police closed the roadway for around two hours as they worked to determine what happened.
No additional information about the victim’s status or the circumstances of the accident have been released at this time.
What Types of Injuries Do Pedestrians Suffer during Accidents?
Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles often suffer debilitating injuries, even when the accidents occur at relatively low speeds. Because pedestrians have no protection, they can be even more vulnerable during accidents than motorcyclists and bicyclists, who may benefit from protective riding gear and helmets. Victims of pedestrian accidents may suffer injuries that cause temporary or even permanent disability, pain, and even paralysis.
Some of the most common injuries that our Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys see after these types of incidents include:
- Leg and lower body ligament injuries
When pedestrians are struck by sedans and other vehicles with a center of gravity close to the ground, they often take the brunt of the impact in their legs. And because the bones in the leg—especially the femur—are connected to large arteries, victims may be at risk of suffering severe bleeding. In addition, the impact of pedestrian accidents can also cause ligament damage, increasing the risk of complications and prolonging recovery time.
- Concussions and spinal cord injuries
The sheer force generated by pedestrian accidents can cause victims to suffer extensive damage to their heads, brains, and spines. Any time a large amount of force causes a sudden and unnatural movement of the head or neck, people are at risk of sustaining injuries ranging from mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) and whiplash to severe brain damage and even paralysis due to spinal cord damage.
- Hip and pelvic injuries
When a victim’s foot is planted in the ground and he or she is struck by a vehicle, the impact of the collision can cause serious damage to bones in the hip and pelvic area. These injuries are difficult to treat and can have extensive healing times. Many victims never fully heal and may experience pain and disability that lasts for years or even a lifetime.
- Muscular injuries
In addition to the skeletal system, the muscular system is also highly vulnerable during pedestrian accidents. People who suffer broken bones also may suffer extensive damage to small and large muscles in their bodies, which can result in intense pain that can make it impossible to go back to work or even walk without difficulty. Some of the most commonly affected muscle groups include those in the lower back and legs.
At Matt Hardin Law, our legal team has helped many people who were injured in pedestrian accidents get compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We know that victims are often in severe pain and dealing with extensive disabilities that prevent them from returning to their old jobs or returning to work in any capacity. We believe that innocent victims should never have to pay for something that wasn’t their fault.
If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident in Middle Tennessee, we want to fight for your rights to the money you deserve. To find out how we can put our two decades of experience to work for your family, call us today—just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.