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Fairfax County accident results in death of pedestrian

Certain kinds of injuries are commonly seen as the result of certain kinds of activities. People frequently suffer whiplash and neck pain, for example, after being involved in a car accident. When pedestrians are involved in a car accident, the risk of a traumatic brain injury is high because pedestrians often have little protection and are especially vulnerable to impact. For this reason, pedestrian accidents are often fatal or especially devastating.

In Fairfax County, a 2005 Honda Civic recently struck a pedestrian. The accident occurred on a Thursday morning on Richmond Highway. The pedestrian was a 68-year-old man who was crossing the highway. The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene of the accident. While police are still investigating, they have indicated that speed and alcohol do not seem to have contributed to the accident from the driver's perspective but that alcohol may have factored into the accident on the part of the pedestrian.

Although the pedestrian in this accident was killed as a result of the collision, had he survived he likely would have suffered a severe brain injury. Brain injuries are generally devastating because they can require a long time to recover and can affect a person's ability to work or pursue the activities they loved in the future. In many cases, people who suffer traumatic brain injuries require some form of long-term care. Brain injuries can result in a host of effects, including personality changes, memory loss, diminished cognitive abilities, emotional issues, coma, seizures and even death.

Many brain injuries are caused by the negligence of others, whether it be the driver of a car who caused an accident or a medical professional who failed to perform adequate diagnostic testing or notice the signs of the signs of a brain injury. In car accidents involving pedestrians, however, many drivers may attempt to place the fault on the pedestrian, so it is important to establish the fault of the driver regardless of any contributory negligence on the part of the pedestrian. If someone's negligence is responsible for the pain and suffering you or a loved one experienced from a brain injury, a personal injury lawsuit can be a way to hold that party responsible and recover critical financial compensation that will be needed to cover expensive medical bills and lengthy treatment.

Source: NBCWashington, "Pedestrian Fatally Struck on Route 1 in Fairfax County," Feb. 20, 2014

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