Injured in a Car Accident | Skyline Health Group | Van Nuys CA | Chiropractor

What you need to know about California Traffic Accidents

Driving is part of our culture here in CA, especially in Los Angeles. There is really no other viable option for most people. So being sure you understand what risks you are taking when you drive to work every day is important, as well as how to lower your risk of an accident or serious injury. The facts show that overall CA is a safer place to drive than the USA overall, but this does not mean there are not serious trends that we need to be aware of. Here are some things you need to know.

Staggering Facts

  • In 2011, there were 2,791 fatalities in CA from traffic accidents. This is up 2.6% from the previous year. Many of these were the result of distracted driving; i.e cell phone use or texting etc. That is a lot of people who died; about 54 people per week! Yikes!
  • More than 50,000 people experienced injuries from auto accidents in Los Angeles County alone in 2011. These are not fatalities, but just injuries. That is about 962 people per week who are injured in auto accidents!
  • Texting convictions increased 42 percent from 14,866 in 2011 to 21,059 in 2012. (DMV). Too many people still think they have time to text while at a light. Don’t do it!
  • Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 30.4 percent of all drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in California in 2011 tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs, a percentage that has been increasing since 2006. Marijuana was by far the most common drug found in drivers who tested positive for drugs – 25.3 percent of those drivers who tested positive for drugs.[1]

Common Types of Injuries in Traffic Accidents

  • Previous studies have shown that lower extremity injuries account for a significant portion of the injuries sustained by passenger vehicle drivers in frontal crashes, and this pattern continues to hold for newer model year vehicles.[2] Lower extremity injuries include leg and knee injuries such as bruises and broken bones. Tearing of knee cartilage is also a common injury.
  • Nearly 150,000 people were injured in 2009 just by closing the car door. They were not even on the road or highway. This is an amazing statistic.  They either fell while getting out of the car, or broke a bone slamming the door on their hand.
  • Older drivers and passengers are more vulnerable in a crash. At crash speeds of just over 31 mph (50 kph), the risk of sustaining a serious injury increases dramatically. A 50-year-old female has about a 10-percent risk of a serious injury in a frontal crash, but an 80-year-old female has about a 40-percent risk. [3]
  • A closed head injury (a concussion or a traumatic brain injury) is one of the most common injuries sustained. Often, there are not immediate signs of trauma.  Because the brain is likely to be moved around in the skill during impact, the signs may take a few hours or days to show themselves.[4] Always see a doctor even if you think you are fine.
  • Whiplash is a very common neck injury, but there is also neck strain and serious injuries to the discs in the neck. The pain from these injuries may not be felt right away either.
  • Common back injuries includesprain or strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. It is not unusual for the effects of a bad back injuries to not show up for hours or weeks. Back injuries often cause long term problems for victims.

[1] http://www.ots.ca.gov/OTS_and_Traffic_Safety/Score_Card.asp

[2] Austin, R. A. (2012, March). Lower Extremity Injuries and Intrusion in Frontal Crashes. (Report No. DOT HS 811 578). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

[3] http://www.ircobi.org/downloads/irc12/ pdf_files/14.pdf

[4] http://www.all-about-car-accidents.com/car-accident-injuries.html

Have you been in an accident and feel sore?
Are you having back pain, neck pain, or headaches?
The effects from a car accident can be harsh and change your life. A car accident as slow as 20 miles per hour can cause permanent damage to your spine. Initially, you may only feel slight pain but without medical treatment and a diagnosis, your injuries could get worse. Whether your injuries are minor or severe after an accident, you need the help from an expert in car accident injuries.At our clinic, we’re experts in car accident injuries and can help you get out of pain quickly and naturally. The Doctor is here to help you get well and can answer your questions.

Please call us right now at the number on the screen

Skyline Health Group
http://www.skylinechiro.com
818-922-7755

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