Pedestrian Accident: Broken Bone Injuries

Broken Bones are a Common Consequence of Pedestrian Accidents

When a pedestrian is hit by a car there are often more serious injuries sustained by the pedestrian than the vehicle occupant. Left unprotected against a powerful piece of machinery, pedestrians may experience life-altering, permanent injuries that require a lifetime of care.

A broken (or fractured) bone is one of the more common injuries a pedestrian may suffer. Bones will bend under strain but if the pressure is too much or too sudden, they snap. Broken noses and fractures to the skull, cheek and jaw can be caused by an impact with a windshield. Leg, ankle and hipbones are broken easily under the brut force of an impact.

Back and neck breaks occur when a pedestrian is thrown into a stationary object or the ground when struck by a vehicle. Recovery can take weeks, months; even years from serious fractures and leave the victim or they’re family with expensive medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Types of Broken Bones We See Resulting from Pedestrian Accidents

A broken bone is called a fracture; they are one in the same. However, not all fractures are the same. The different types of fractures that a California pedestrian accident victim can experience, include, but are not limited to:

    Complete Fracture
    A fracture where the bone has broken into two pieces.

    Comminuted Fracture
    A fracture in which the bone has broken into multiple pieces or is crushed.

    Impacted Fracture
    A fracture caused by the bone fragments driving into one another.

    Open Fracture
    A fracture that causes the bone to protrude through the skin.

The pain associated with breaking a bone varies with each individual, but it is very painful for several reasons. Muscles are trying to keep the bone fragments together which creates spasms and nerve endings have been damaged creating pressure pain. If the bone has broken through the skin, as in an open fracture, the victim can experience sharp, excruciating pain. However, if the fracture is small enough it may not be detectable initially. This is the case of small fractures in children who may feel no pain at all. If you suspect a bone fracture after an accident, seek medical attention immediately.

What Factors Determine the Viability of Your Claim?

Liability: Who is to blame for the accident? Is liability clear cut or are there other circumstances that could make proving liability difficult?

Coverage: Does the responsible party have insurance? If so, what type of policy do they have? How much money is out there to be pursued?

Damages: What damages were inflicted as the result of the accident? The idea here is simple; in cases where damages are great, the potential amount to be recovered is great as well.

You May Have a Claim to Compensation
Yellow-Check-MarkIf you suffered a broken bone in a pedestrian accident, you are not alone. Many pedestrian accident victims suffer a broken bone, a bone fracture, or broken bones. Estey & Bomberger, LLP represents those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents.

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Our Pedestrian Accident Case Results:


Logan v. LACMTA

SETTLEMENT for multiple injuries (bus v. pedestrian) including extensive degloving injury to the lower extremity.


Baney Case

SETTLEMENT for severe leg injury to ex-pro baseball pitcher in pedestrian versus automobile accident.

See our full list of results here.