Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life in California, and the Irvine area is no exception. According to the state Department of Transportation, traffic volume on state highways has increased by 1.8% from 2012 to 2013. High traffic volume alone increases the odds of being involved in an auto accident, particularly with the distracted, drunk and aggressive drivers who are on our streets and freeways.
As reported by the California Highway Patrol, there were 162,454 fatal and injury traffic crashes in California in 2012. Highway Patrol lists the following statistics for traffic crashes in 2012:
- 2,995 people were killed
- 226,544 people were injured
- 2,758 fatal accidents occurred statewide
- 159,696 injury collisions occurred
- A fatal or injury collision was reported every 3 minutes and 14 seconds
- A person was killed in a traffic collision every 2 hours and 6 minutes
- For every person killed, 76 were injured
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in California, contact Avrek Law’s auto accident lawyers today for free no cost case evaluation.
Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car crashes cause a wide range of injuries, from minor to catastrophic. The average passenger vehicle weighs close to 4,000 lbs, and the impact of two vehicles colliding can be disastrous for the occupants. Even a relatively minor “fender bender” can cause serious and long-lasting neck and back injuries.
Types of injuries suffered by auto accident victims include:
- Burn Injuries: Hot metal, steam, fire, or scalding liquids from a car crash can cause serious disfiguring and disabling injuries.
- Whiplash and Neck Injuries: An abrupt jerking motion of the head backward and forward, as often occurs in rear-end collisions, can result in whiplash and neck injuries for the victim, which are difficult to treat and fully resolve.
- Fractures: Extreme force from a motor vehicle collision can fracture bones in any part of the body, including the limbs and extremities, face, spine, and skull.
- Air Bag Injuries: Air bags deploy at speeds greater than 100 mph. Although they save many lives, air bags can also lead to severe injuries in a car accident, either by failing to deploy or deploying incorrectly and injuring a driver or passenger.
- Paraplegia: A spinal cord injury can leave an innocent person paralyzed in the lower body.
- Quadriplegic Injuries: Cervical (neck) spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis, known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
- Internal Injuries: Blunt trauma, when a body part collides with something else at a high speed in a motor vehicle collision, can lead to internal injuries and bleeding.
- Back Injuries: The jarring impact of an auto accident can cause back injuries, even in low-speed collisions. Back injuries can be catastrophic, and even less serious back injuries can result in long-term problems, including severe pain that is difficult to resolve for victims.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Some of the most serious car accident injuries involve permanent damage to the nerves and spinal cord, resulting in paralysis, either paraplegia or quadriplegia.
- Foot, Knee and Ankle Injuries: Impact or contact with the instrument panel, floorboard, or steering assembly in an automobile collision can cause injury to the lower extremities – feet, ankles, and knees.
If You’ve Been Injured in Auto Accident Contact Avrek’s Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in an automobile accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our seasoned car accident lawyers at Avrek Law Firm have more than 30 years of combined experience, and we have dedicated our legal practice to representing the injured in personal injury cases. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our injured clients over our years in practice, and we invite you to call us so we can discuss your case. Call our firm or contact us online to schedule a free case review.
- California Department of Transportation: 2013 Traffic Volumes on California State Highways
- California Highway Patrol: Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS): 2012 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions