Some of the Torridge road traffic accidents that take place involve pedestrians getting injured. Given their vulnerability, the injuries that pedestrians sustain are usually quite serious, even if the impact is at low speed. Any accident in which a pedestrian is injured should be reported to the police, and an ambulance should be called to the scene immediately.
Sometimes an injury may at first appear to be relatively mild, but the full implications may not be realised until sometime later. Head injuries are a good example: people can walk away from an accident feeling fine, but hours after the event, delayed concussion can set in.
The symptoms of concussion
Concussion may be described as a sudden but usually short term loss or disturbance of normal mental function, which happens after a blow of some description to the head. The most common symptoms include:
- A short spell of unconsciousness (sometimes only seconds);
- Loss of memory;
- Impaired vision (people often refer to “seeing stars”);
- Feelings of confusion; and
- Feelings of disorientation.
When to attend a hospital
Mild concussion will usually self-heal without the need for any medical intervention; however, it is always recommended that a concussion victim goes to hospital for a check-up, especially if they have suffered a spell of unconsciousness, even if only for a few short seconds. Other symptoms that sometimes occur, and which indicate a more severe form on concussion, include:
- Prolonged unconsciousness;
- Having a seizure or fit;
- Bleeding from one or both ears;
- Having difficulty staying awake;
- Difficulty with speech; and
- Difficulty with understanding.
The need for careful monitoring
It is always advisable that any victim of concussion should be carefully monitored (or should monitor themselves) for several days following the incident. The reason is that many of the common symptoms of concussion can also indicate a more serious brain injury, for example a subdural haematoma, whereby bleeding occurs between the skull and brain, or a subarachnoid haemorrhage, whereby bleeding occurs on the surface of the brain. Either of these conditions is serious and must be treated immediately in hospital.
Seeking Accident Advice Helpline’s assistance for injuries sustained in Torridge road traffic accidents
If you are a pedestrian who has been struck by a car in one of the many Torridge road traffic accidents, and you were not to blame for the incident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, and we here at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with launching your claim.
Securing maximum compensation
Accident Advice Helpline has successfully secured financial compensation for hundreds of pedestrians who’ve been injured in RTAs through no fault of their own. As well as securing the maximum amount of compensation, when you use our services you will also benefit from:
- Our no win, no fee personal injury claim process as recommended by Esther Rantzen;
- Use of our 30-second interactive compensation calculator;
- Our comprehensive customer support service; and
- Our free 24/7 helpline — 0800 180 4123 from landlines, 0333 500 0992 from mobiles.