Auto and Car Accident Attorney
Every single day, car accidents happen. New preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes last year, a 6% rise from 2015. If those numbers bear out, it would be a 14% increase in deaths since 2014, the biggest two-year jump in more than five decades. It also means that 2016 may have been the deadliest year on U.S. roads since 2007, the NSC says.
Crashes result in the very real cost of human life. But there are also millions more who are seriously injured—an estimated 4.6 million in 2016 according to NSC—and a financial cost to society as well. NSC estimates the cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in 2016 was $432 billion, a 12% increase from the previous year. Those costs include losses in wages and productivity, medical expenses, property damage, employer costs and administrative expenses, the NSC says.
The head, neck and back are the parts of the body most commonly injured in auto accidents. Injuries to the neck include whiplash injuries which are typically not life- threatening, but can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. There are significant economic expenses related to whiplash that have reached 30 billion dollars a year in the United States and include medical care, disability payments, sick leave, and lost productivity. Back injuries can vary from strains and sprains to spinal fractures, and their consequences range from pain to paralysis. The most serious of all head injuries is traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI symptoms may be mild to severe, but all affect cognitive ability and can have a significant impact on your ability to function.
Other motor vehicle injuries include lacerations and bone fractures in the arms, legs, hands, fingers, wrists, ankles, feet, hips, knees and shoulders. Rotator cuffs are also a common site of injury. Burns can be some of the most physically painful injuries. They can result in multiple surgeries, scarring, loss of function, and emotional pain.
The symptoms from a motor vehicle accident injury in are not always present immediately following the accident. In fact, the delay of symptoms does not rule out serious injury. Injuries from car accidents range from minor injuries, such as bruises and cuts to severe injuries that disrupt or threaten your life. It is important to get medical help immediately after an accident and whenever symptoms appear.
Auto injury attorneys at The King Law Firm will help you get through the legal processes successfully and ensure that you are compensated for your losses. We serve Sylmar, Woodland Hills, San Fernando and Northridge.