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A recent 2021 report ranks the 50 states in the USA according to the number of accidents that occurred in the past year. With more than 3,600 deaths due to fatal car crashes, California ranks number 1 for the most car accidents in the year across the United States.
Car accidents can occur anywhere, anytime. Depending on the severity of the accident, it can have negative financial consequences for the car accident victims. Working with a car accident attorney can increase your chances of getting maximum compensation for your loss.
If you got injured in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, contact Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys for a free case evaluation on any auto accident in Los Angeles.
According to the law, drivers must exert extreme caution while driving to ensure the safety of passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles. Most car accidents on US roads are due to distracted driving or drunk driving and are preventable if drivers follow the vehicle code to the bone.
Let’s look at some of the most common car accident injuries and how to avoid them.
The impact of a collision can cause jerks inside a vehicle resulting in bruises. In severe cases with loose projectiles, drivers or passengers can get cuts, leading to infection or complications if untreated.
Ribs are often mistaken as vital. However, the human body’s internal structure weakens as the person ages. In motor vehicle accidents with devastating impact, the chances of having broken ribs are high.
However, it is not just the crushing force against an object that can cause broken ribs but the resisting force of a seat belt too.
This is one of the most common car accident injuries associated with tendon muscles or ligaments in the upper back or neck area. These types of back injuries and neck injuries occur when there is a jerking motion forward and backward, causing immense strain in the upper body region. This can also lead to painful soft tissue injuries that require time to heal.
An impact or blunt force to the head can cause head injuries like a TBI (traumatic brain injury). A TBI is a serious injury that requires immediate medical treatment as it can affect the victim’s cognitive abilities if untreated.
Such types of injuries need considerable physical therapy and pain management to heal, as broken bones or spinal-related injuries take a long time to recover back to normal. The driver’s back may not look exposed, but the force from rear-end collisions can shake the spine, causing severe injuries.
Besides physical injuries, mental and emotional wounds tend to negatively impact an individual’s life. Car accident victims with such disorders can never operate or function normally, affecting their work status and worsening their financial condition. They require mental health treatment, which is quite expensive. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help recover damages for emotional disorders and get your life back on track.
These injuries are difficult to detect as there are no signs of bruises or damages on the surface of the skin. In such situations, victims head back home hoping to head back to their normal life, only to find themselves in extreme pain later on due to complications or internal bleeding. Medical professionals always advise heading for a medical examination after getting into an accident to determine if any external or internal injuries require help.
Distracted and drunk driving remains the leading cause of car accidents in the country. With more than 3,600 individuals dead annually in California, the chances of getting into an accident are higher than in any other state.
Although state governments ensure proper signboards and traffic lights to avoid collisions, it is up to the driver to prevent accidents by following the relevant rules and regulations. Exerting extreme caution while driving, such as following the speed limit or looking at both sides before crossing an intersection, is the only way citizens can prevent such accidents.
Another thing to look out for is your vehicle’s maintenance. Make sure that you maintain your vehicles properly to avoid any mechanical failures that can increase the chances of an accident.
Seeking medical attention can help identify possible injuries that may not surface immediately after an accident. These injuries can be painful but preventable with the proper medical treatment.
Another important reason to head to the medical center after an accident is to collect documentation for a personal injury claim. A medical report, medical bills, evaluation, and other relevant documentation must get sent to the insurance company when filing claims for insurers to investigate.
Working with our skilled lawyers increases the chances of making financial recoveries as we help collect evidence for claims, file claims, and negotiate with the insurance company to obtain fair compensation for our clients.
Sometimes an insurance company will create trouble by delaying claims or deny them, but our attorneys have experience taking other drivers and their insurers to trial. Insurance companies prefer avoiding trial as it is bad publicity, and our positive trial record can expedite financial recoveries.
If you or your loved ones got injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact us at (213) 596-9642 and get a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.
There is no obligation to sign up for our legal services after the consultation, so speak to us freely to get the right legal advice. Our attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we win the case for you.
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Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.