How to Identify the Signs of a Concussion Following a Pedestrian Accident

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

As a pedestrian, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and prioritize your safety when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Accidents can happen, and in the unfortunate event that you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian accident, it is crucial to be able to identify the signs of a concussion. 

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can have serious consequences if left untreated. In this article, our California pedestrian accident attorneys discuss the various signs and symptoms of a concussion. They also discuss the necessary steps to take to protect your health and your legal rights.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Signs of a concussion include physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. Common symptoms of a concussion include, but are not limited to:

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of a concussion can manifest immediately or several hours after an accident. These can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty with coordination

Cognitive Symptoms

A concussion can also cause cognitive symptoms that may affect your ability to think and process information. Some examples are:

  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Slow response times or delayed reactions
  • Slurred speech

Emotional Symptoms

In some cases, emotional symptoms may be present after a concussion. These can include:

  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia or sleeping more than usual

A concussion may or may not be accompanied by loss of consciousness. Prompt medical treatment is necessary if you experience any concussion symptoms. 

What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

Seek Medical Attention

Seek immediate medical attention if you or another person sustains a concussion or other head injury. A healthcare professional performs a thorough examination to determine the severity of the injury and recommend appropriate treatment. Early intervention is crucial in minimizing the risk of long-term complications.

Rest and Recovery

Rest is an essential component of concussion recovery. Limit physical and mental activities, and avoid anything that may aggravate your symptoms, such as screen time or exposure to bright lights and loud noises. Gradually reintroduce activities as your symptoms improve, and follow your healthcare professional’s advice regarding when it is safe to return to work, school, or sports.


Document any symptoms you experience and note their severity and duration. This information can be helpful to healthcare professionals in assessing your progress and developing a treatment plan. It can also be useful in supporting any legal claims you may pursue as a result of the accident.

Legal Support Following a Pedestrian Accident

If you or a loved one suffered a concussion following a pedestrian accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you navigate the legal process, protect your rights, and pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The damages caused by a concussion can be significant. 

Being involved in a pedestrian accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if it results in a concussion. It’s important to prioritize your health and well-being and to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Contact our California personal injury team today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.