Common Injuries in a Long Beach Car Accident

Motor vehicle accidents remain one of the most prevalent sources of injuries throughout Long Beach, California, and the entire nation. According to statistics released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were more than 170,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2010. Of these, nearly 2,000 injury-causing accidents occurred in Long Beach alone, which lead to 1,306 drivers and nearly 700 passengers suffering injury. While some car accidents may result in little more than a bruise or scrape, this is not always the cause. In fact, when not fatal, car accidents can result in absolutely catastrophic collisions.

Some of the most common injuries incurred in a car accident include:

  • Whiplash: Cited as one of the most common nonfatal injuries sustained in car accidents, whiplash involves the injuries sustained when the neck is jerked or "whipped" past its normal range of motion. This often happens in rear-end accidents where one driver hits a vehicle from behind-this can lead to one driver being pushed forward and snapped back at the end of the seatbelt. First seen in railroad accidents, these are painful injuries with symptoms that range from the sensation of "pins and needles," to stiffness, to pain and aching, and more. Since symptoms can be dormant for hours or even days after the accident, it is always important to seek out medical attention.

  • Broken & Fractured Bones: Car accidents often leave victims with broken and fractured bones. There are many different "types" of broken bones; for example, greenstick fractures where the bone bends but does not break completely, oblique fractures where the break is curved, comminuted fractures where the bone fragments, and impacted fractures where the bones are driven into each other. Symptoms for fractures are often physical and obvious-such as swelling, deformity, pain, or loss of function. In severe cases, the bone may protrude through the skin.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Due to the sudden jerking of the body in a traffic collision, the spine is often placed under incredible pressure, as well as contorted into unusual positions. This can lead to severe damage affecting the surrounding tissue and nerves. Spinal cord injuries can range from complete to incomplete-leaving the victim with limited motion or even full paralysis. Symptoms for this type of injury include inability to feel sensation, inability to move, loss of control over the bladder or bowels, problems breathing, extreme pain in the back or numbness. If the body is contorted or if any of these symptoms are experienced, victims should not be moved.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: As one of the most important organs in the entire body, damage that affects the brain is always life-altering. These are usually incurred through blunt force trauma to the head; however, they can also be obtained when something pierces the skin and/or skull. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) range from concussion to closed head injuries to penetrative injuries. This can result in skull fractures, contusions, hematomas, lacerations, and nerve damage. Due to the short- and long-term effects of brain damage, emergency medical attention is vital.

  • Amputation & Loss of Limb: When ejected from the car during severe car accidents, the victims are at risk for amputation or the loss of limb-from either being severed during the accident itself or amputation later being the old solution to save the victim's life. Not only are these physically painful, but they often result in serious psychological and emotional damage to the victim. Rehabilitation not only focuses on building up the victim's strength, but also the new skill sets that the victim will need to carry on their life as close to the quality as before the accident.

Working with a Compassionate Long Beach Injury Lawyer

At the Overett Group, we make it our mission to help maximize recovery, reduce client stress, and speed the process as quickly as possible. As a Long Beach personal injury lawyer, Paul Overett has shown that he can be trusted with even the most complex of cases. He has more than a decade of legal experience and maintains a 100% success rate-something that clearly demonstrates his dedication to the success of his clients. If you or someone you care about was injured in a car accident in the Long Beach area, time is of the essence. To schedule your initial case consultation, fill out our online form today. You can also give the firm a call at (562) 222-8526. Regardless, we look forward to hearing from you.