While most drivers adhere to safe driving practices, such as wearing seatbelts, obeying speed limits, and avoiding distractions, auto collisions still happen. According to California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 193,564 auto crashes involving injuries in 2017. Injuries caused by auto accidents vary in nature and severity, and some types of injuries are more common than others. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the most common types of injuries sustained by California auto accident victims and what steps you should take immediately following an auto accident injury.
Injuries to the neck or back are frequent among auto accident victims. Herniated discs are often caused by traumatic injuries, such as a car accident, which causes the discs in the spine or neck to become displaced. Symptoms can range in location and severity, depending on whether the herniated disc impacts any nerves. However, herniated discs can also occur naturally over time, and insurance companies may attempt to deny you the compensation you are owed by claiming that the herniated discs existed before the auto accident. Working with a skilled auto accident attorney is your best bet for ensuring that you receive the settlement you deserve.
The head is particularly vulnerable to injury during an auto accident, especially if a person is not wearing a seatbelt properly. A sudden impact to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), where brain fluid or tissue can suffer damage in some way. Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose, and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. It’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor to determine whether you’ve suffered a concussion or other type of brain injury.
The sudden impact of an auto collision can cause injury to your shoulder. Any forceful forward motion or impact from the deploying airbag could damage ligaments and muscles in your shoulder area, leading to tenderness, pain, numbness, or swelling. You may face costly medical bills or lost wages incurred by your injured shoulder, so talk to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to discuss your options for seeking compensation.
If you have suffered an auto accident injury in the Temecula or Murrieta area, contact the trusted and dedicated legal team at Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation today by calling 1-888-931-WORK (9675).