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The Six Most Common Car Crash Injuries

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The Six Most Common Car Crash Injuries

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 2 million people are injured or disabled in car crashes throughout the United States annually. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has this number at more than 3 million, but regardless of the count, the astounding number of injuries that result from car accidents is abysmal and drivers should take every precaution into account before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.

Numerous studies have shown that a person’s location within the car during the time of the accident has a direct effect on the type of injury sustained and its severity. Understandably, the closer someone is seated to the point of impact, the greater the likelihood of a more severe injury.

Aside from the passenger’s location within a vehicle, there are other factors that affect injury, including:

  • Whether or not seat belts were worn
  • The angle from which the car was hit (i.e. rear, side, or front)
  • The direction the occupant was facing at the time of the accident (i.e. was the person’s head or burn turned in certain direction)
  • The speed at which the crash occurred
  • Whether or not airbags deployed

As every car collision is unique in its own right, and the type of injury incurred also varies. Generally speaking, injuries typically fall into two broad categories known as impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are the result of a person’s body hitting some interior portion of the car. Penetrating injuries are usually cuts and scrapes caused by glass or loose objects flying within the car.

While some injuries may not require any medical attention, more serious one’s can cause permanent damage and even result in some physical (or emotional) disability.

Six common car crash injuries include:

Head Injuries

Head injuries vary from simple muscle strains to severe concussions. An unexpected stop or change in direction in a vehicle usually results in the head moving suddenly and violently. If the impact was not very forceful, occupants may just experience a slight muscle strain around the neck and back, but if the head comes into contact with an object within the car, such as the steering wheel, a concussion or lacerations can occur.

Concussions occur when the brain is severely shaken within the skull. In a mild case, rest may be sufficient to allow healing, but in more serious impacts, surgery may be required to alleviate internal bleeding and pressure. If you experience symptoms like disorientation, vomiting, and severe headaches after an accident, it is vital that you seek hospitalization immediately.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries occur when the body’s connective tissue is damaged, and usually results in “whiplash”, or injury to the neck and back. When the muscle, ligaments, and tendons in your body are unnaturally stretched because of a sudden movement or stop caused by an accident, the force can result in neck pain, upper back pain, mid-back and lower-back muscle sprains, and even serious spinal injuries.

Chest Injuries

Chest injuries after a car accident are common and usually occur because of the position of the steering wheel or as a result of the seat belt tightening. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person might simply experience severe bruising or abrasions caused by the high level of force against the shoulder harness or seat belt.

Severe injuries can include fractures to the rib or sternum, injuries to internal organs, internal bleeding, torn cartilage, muscles, tendons or ligaments.

While seat belts certainly save lives, they do cause accidental injuries at times. If you feel any pain in your chest area, regardless of its intensity, it is in your own best interest to seek medical attention immediately. Failing to do so can make the injury worse, and in some cases, fatal.

Scrapes and Cuts

Car collisions can cause the glass on your windows to break or send loose objects hurtling through the air. Eyeglasses and ceramic items can easily cut your skin or cause other relatively minor injuries that may not require much medical treatment. Airbags deploying can also lead to lacerations that may require stitches.

Broken Bones

Serious injuries, such as broken bones, commonly occur in high velocity car accidents or roll overs. Broken bones can be especially dangerous as they may have caused internal damage that is difficult to perceive by EMT paramedics.

Common broken bone injuries include:

  • Spinal injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Broken legs
  • Broken arms
  • Broken ribs
  • Hip fractures
  • Broken and fractured wrists

Individuals suffering from broken bones require immediate emergency care that may result in multiple surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, and which may take a very long time to heal.

Emotional Injuries

A very serious and severe accident doesn’t just cause physical damages to the victims, but emotional problems as well. Financial burdens my results from steep medical bills and rehabilitation costs, causing emotional pain and suffering, such as depression. This is especially true in car accident survivor has seen their life drastically change because of serious and chronic injury.

Injured in an auto accident? You don’t have to be alone.

At J. Gonzalez Law Firm, we know how scary it can be to get into a car accident and get injured. We know how tough it can be when medical bills and car damages can put your life on hold. Let the attorneys at J. Gonzalez Law Firm fight for your rights for compensation and the due process you deserve.

Our personal injury lawyers in McAllen, Brownsville, and Rio Grande City will be there to help you get your life back in order.

Contact us today at (956) 630-6700 to get the process started on building your case.


Update: Illegal Street Race Leads to Collision in McAllen

No matter how dangerous it is, drag racing on city streets has been glorified on television, films and music for quite some time. Most times when someone is hurt, the realities of the injured are often not detailed. As we covered in a previous blog, one such type of race occurred in McAllen and led to an accident, which resulted in catastrophic injuries and death. This unfortunate situation just goes to show how dangerous this activity can be.

If you’ve recently been in a car accident and believe negligence was the cause, call the J. Gonzalez Law Firm to learn if your situation can be taken to court.  

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

On Monday, January 4th, 2016, two men were drag racing on 10th Street in McAllen when one of the racers, driving a Corvette, crashed into a Jeep Wrangler, severely injuring its driver and killing the passenger in the Corvette. The accident took place on the corner of Sprague and 10th Street where the Justice of the Peace pronounced the passenger of the Corvette dead at the scene.

The other racer, driving a Ford Mustang, told investigators he was racing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when they approached the intersection of the crash site. The deceased is a 20-year old and the driver of the Jeep is only 24. Both are from McAllen.

The Law Steps In

On February 1st, the driver of the Ford Mustang was charged with two counts of racing on a highway causing serious bodily injury. The driver of the Corvette was not charged until Thursday, March 24th. If convicted, both drivers face second-degree felonies resulting in 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the crash report, alcohol was not listed as a factor in the incident and was not found in anyone’s system at the time, but the driver of the Corvette became uncooperative with the investigation due to medical reasons, which included lacerations and broken bones. Investigators also claim attempts to speak to the Corvette driver were unsuccessful once he was released from the hospital.

Further Examination

At the time, the driver of the Jeep was still in a coma and only the driver of the Ford Mustang had been charged for racing on the highway and causing serious bodily harm. It wasn’t until recently that the second illegal street racer had been charged. Meanwhile, the driver of the Jeep has medical bills piling up as he continues his slow road to recovery.

Standing Up for You

The J Gonzalez Law Firm has a history of standing up for victims in auto accident cases such as this one. If you’ve been the victim of high-speed racing and are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to piling medical bills and recuperation costs, get in touch with our McAllen personal injury lawyer immediately. We will stand up for your rights and work hard to get you the justice and financial rewards you deserve.


Car Accident Lawsuit Ends with $40,000 Compensation for Two Port Arthur Victims

It isn’t unusual to build an urge to drive after obtaining a license. Cruising up and down Business 83 or taking a little road trip to South Padre Island immediately comes to mind. Accidents can happen when we least expect them and they can be overly burdening if another driver is at fault. This was the unfortunate case with two women involved in an accident in 2013 that have now received compensation for what they experienced.

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm knows that monetary compensation can help in your recovery.  

An Avoidable Accident

The two Port Arthur women were heading north on Magnolia Street when a Port Neches motorist struck them. According to the lawsuit filed by the victims, the other driver turned left without yielding the right of way. The two victims filed a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries caused by the defendant in 2014.

Almost two years after the lawsuit was filed against the negligent driver, a court ruled in favor of the two plaintiffs. They were awarded nearly $40,000 dollars in a jury trial for damages received from the accident.

Call Us to Help

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has many years of experience handling matters like these. Our personal injury lawyer in McAllen fully knows just how hard it can be to recover from an accident where negligence played a role. If you’ve been in an accident where someone else was at fault and suffered injuries, give us a call at 956.630.6700 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Hidalgo Man Files Lawsuit Against Trucking Company Following Serious Accident

A truck driver’s vehicle is large, can weigh several tons and covers lots of ground on the road. The typical tractor-trailer is 48 feet long and over 13 feet tall. Visibility can be difficult when a driver is backing up and communication is key if a person is around the vehicle on foot when it is moving. It’s important to remember that the smallest mistake can result in serious injury. Unfortunately, a Hidalgo man was the victim in an incident with a tractor-trailer.

Suffering injuries at the hands of an irresponsible driver can be emotionally and financially hindering. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is here to help you overcome your legal burdens.  

A Devastating Accident

In late December of 2015, the Hidalgo man filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against a trucking company he worked for and one of its operators after suffering injuries caused by being run over. According to the complaint filed in August of 2015, the man was working with the company as a truck operator and was fixing an oversized truck’s taillights. As the victim worked on the lights, the truck’s driver ran over him six times with axles from the tractor-trailer.

In the lawsuit, the Hidalgo man seeks a settlement of more than 1 million dollars for pre- and post-court costs as well as medical bills and wages lost. The plaintiff has also continued suffering tremendous physical pain and financial damage.

Helping However We Can

Remember, the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is always a phone call away. If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer and you think negligence was involved, contact our McAllen office and let us help you get the justice you deserve.

Illegal Street Race Leads to Collision in McAllen

The State of Texas creates, passes and enforces laws to keep drivers on our roads safe. Oftentimes, though, many people find themselves in situations where other drivers abuse this privilege and decide to act recklessly. When this happens, victims are typically burdened with serious injuries, mounting medical bills, months or years worth of therapy and in the most extreme cases, loss of life.

This was the unfortunate situation in McAllen in early January 2015 when a 20-year old man was tragically killed and another left in a coma following a collision between three vehicles, two of which were allegedly street racing.

The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is fully aware of how serious accidents impact victims and their families. Know what we’re here to provide the legal help you might need.

A Reckless Act

The incident occurred on January 5, 2016 when two men, both allegedly illegally racing and heading southbound on North 10th St., collided with a Jeep traveling eastbound on Sprague. The Jeep’s driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and was last listed as being in a coma. The passenger of one of the racing vehicles was killed.

According to one of the racers, both vehicles were traveling in excess of 100 MPH when the accident occurred. A GoPro camera found in one of the two vehicles recorded the entire incident. In the recording, the drivers of both racing vehicles and a third man who’d been following them can be heard falsifying a story to be told to police where they would put blame on the Jeep’s driver.

One of the racers suffered cuts and broken bones. When contacted by police, he became uncooperative and has since become difficult to contact since his release from the hospital. The other driver was arrested in early February and charged with two counts of racing on a highway and causing serious bodily injury, both of which are second-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces between two and 20 years in prison.

Seek the Legal Help You Need

Losing a loved one to an act of recklessness on the road can be overwhelmingly devastating. No amount of compensation can fill the void left by their absence, but it can help settle any costs related to their accident, such as medical or funerary fees. The J. Gonzalez Law firm understands that reckless driving can have serious consequences. Contact our personal injury lawyer in McAllen to get started on the process of building your case.

Workers’ Compensation: Steps to Take When Injured on the Job

Finding yourself injured on the job can be one of the most helpless and terrifying instances for any employee. Knowing that you could miss weeks or even months of work can be detrimental along with having to deal with medical issues. Workers’ compensation helps ease that burden by providing the monetary compensation needed for your recovery. In this piece, we will discuss what should be done to ensure that the recovery process is an easy one.

Harlingen Police Crack Down on Drunk Driving for Cinco de Mayo Weekend

According to a news report, in 2014 alone, Harlingen police made 285 DWI arrests and reported 54 DWI crashes involving one intoxication assault and one death. Now, the police department is ready to crack down on more cases of drunk driving to help keep the public as safe as possible. With the implementation of the “no refusal” policy, Harlingen police will be able to perform a mandatory blood test to any drunk driving suspects who refuse a breathalyzer test.

Trucking Accident Claims Man’s Life, Comedian Tracy Morgan Left Seriously Injured

Trucking Accident Claims Man’s Life, Comedian Tracy Morgan Left Seriously Injured

The open road can be an intimidating thing to deal with, especially when the towering shape of a semi-truck appears when you least expect it. About 500,000 accidents are attributed to these massive vehicles every year and 5,000 of them result in fatalities. A truck accident can be devastating enough to completely change or end a life and can leave one’s family with the stress of paying medical bills and funeral fees. Unfortunately, for a group of people in New Jersey, a trucking accident has resulted in injuries and a death which are making national headlines.

Dangerously Tired

Famed comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was left seriously injured early Saturday when his limousine was struck by a Walmart semi-truck driven by 35-year-old Kevin Roper. The accident claimed the life of Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian, James McNair, and resulted in serious injuries for three other passengers. Morgan, along with the three others injured, was hospitalized and underwent surgery to repair a broken leg. Reports revealed the comedian’s injuries included broken ribs, a broken nose, and a broken femur. According to Morgan’s spokesman, the comedian is in critical condition but has shown signs of responsiveness.

Authorities revealed the truck’s driver had been awake for over 24 hours prior to the accident. His fatigue allegedly kept him from noticing slow-moving traffic and led him to crash into the limousine, causing it to hit other cars, spin, and flip over. Roper was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto. He was released on a $50,000 bail Saturday night and is expected to attend court later this week.

Fighting the Damage

A trucking accident can leave you and your family with irreparable damage along with the debilitating stress of having to pay medical bills, car damages, and funeral fees. They can happen anywhere, even in Texas. If you have been a victim of a trucker’s negligent driving and need the monetary compensation to help bring normality back into your life, the law offices of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm can help.

It’s unfair to be the victim of a devastating car accident that occurs due to negligence as well as having to deal with any resulting financial stress. With our personal injury attorney by your side, you are guaranteed determination, expertise, and thorough professionalism that will aim to construct an effective strategy to fight your case. It’s time to take a stand against injustice and claim the compensation you so rightfully deserve.

Committed Representation

Don’t let the effects of a trucking crash take the joy out of your family’s life. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has the legal advice and representation you need to take that first step in the path to recovery. For more information about our expert legal services, contact our McAllen office today.

Brownsville Woman Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run Accident

Brownsville Woman Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run Accident

Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman after she fled the scene of a crash that left two people injured at the 1900 block of E. 14th Street in Brownsville. While the alleged wrongdoer was able to avoid the immediate repercussions of her actions by fleeing, she was later found and charged for her negligence.

The Aftermath

Brownsville authorities found the woman and her vehicle in an alley at the 1600 block of South Frontage Road and immediately arrested her. She was charged with two counts of intoxication assault and two counts of an accident involving injury. The driver of the other vehicle and her daughter suffered minor injuries and were treated by EMS.

Laws Against Hit-And-Run Accidents

In the state of Texas, it is illegal to leave the scene of a crash without providing identification, insurance information and aid for the victims involved. If injury is an outcome of a hit-and-run accident, the person fleeing the scene can be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.

There are laws in place to provide victims with justice, but you and your loved ones may need a lot more than that. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you could suffer more than just physical pain. You and your family should not live through the stress and despair that an accident can bring.

Seek What You Deserve

The personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm will devote the time and patience to provide you with the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to live with the strains of hospital bills and car repairs. A personal injury lawsuit can eventually help you with the stresses of medical bills, funeral bills and loss of income.

You Are Not Alone

You do not have to face the burdens of a hit-and-run accident on your own. If you feel the strains of an accident and are in desperate need of help, don’t hesitate to contact us. With several locations including McAllen and Brownsville, know that a team of highly-dependable personal injury attorneys is available to help. You are not alone in your pursuit to overcome the burden you’ve been dealt.