Auto accidents in California surpass accidents in every other state, year after year. As our population continues to grow, it is expected that auto accidents throughout California will not see a huge decline in frequency.
San Marcos is no exception to this, with a steady measure of roughly 1,500 accidents a year. Auto accidents can range in severity, yet many accidents in San Marcos to tend to be of a more serious nature, due to the 78 freeway being one of the most dangerous highways in California.
Injuries sustained after an auto accident can vary in severity, from minor to fatal, which is why it is important to engage a San Marcos car accident injury lawyer early in the process. For some victims, internal bleeding or other “hidden” injuries can resolve on its own, while for other victims is may require emergency attention. Even injuries of a more serious nature, such as brain injuries, can range from a mild concussion to severe brain bleeding that ultimately leads to death. A few common car accident injuries that we see in San Marcos auto collisions and other surrounding areas are highlighted below:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a type of neck sprain or strain that often results from rear-end car accidents. There can be a variety of symptoms depending upon how the neck is damaged. Generally, this injury is sustained through an abrupt and forceful jerking motion of the head in either a backward or forward direction. This can cause damage to a person’s intervertebral joint, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Whiplash symptoms often do not appear for several hours after a car accident, and sometimes symptoms take days to show up. Those symptoms may include neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
- Internal Bleeding: Internal bleeding can be a very serious injury, as it is not visible to the naked eye. Sometimes symptoms are delayed, and it can take hours or even days before you realize you have suffered internal injuries. If internal bleeding is not treated immediately, there can be life-threatening damage to the head, lungs, heart, and abdomen. If the bleeding is severe, there will often be symptoms that include pain, swelling, ecchymosis, dizziness and fainting.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Many different types of TBIs can occur in a car accident, from mild traumatic brain injuries (often referred to as concussions) to severe TBIs (often occur when an object penetrates the skull and causes damage to the brain). Sometimes whiplash can also cause a brain injury. If you took a hit to the head in a collision, or if you experienced a violent jolt to your head in a crash, there is a risk of a TBI.
- Fractures / Joint Injuries: Broken bones in the body, as well as facial fractures, are a common type of car accident injury. These injuries are more distinguishable as the injuries are often visually present. Many different types of bones in the body can be fractured, and there are a variety of specific types of fractures. Facial fractures often result in disfigurement, which can be particularly traumatic. Regardless of where the fracture occurs, medical attention will be needed, and the injury often will not heal for months or longer.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in the San Marcos area, contact a San Marcos car accident lawyer at Walton Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced North County auto accident attorneys.