AUTO ACCIDENTS

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In 2014, according to the NHTSA, an average of 82 people were killed a day on US roadways.

The personal injury lawyers of Trevino & Loredo Injury Law represent individuals who have been injured in an auto accident as a direct result of the careless, negligent, wrongful, or reckless act of a company, person, or a municipality.

Trevino & Loredo Injury Law has over 20 years of combined legal experience with exceptional personal customer service.

We are committed to serving McAllen TX – Edinburg TX and the local Rio Grande Valley including Harlingen, Weslaco, Brownsville, Jim Hogg County, Zapata County, Kenedy County, Starr County, Brooks County, Willacy County, Cameron County, Hidalgo County, Hidalgo, San Juan, Mission, Pharr, and Rio Grande City.

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Common Types of Auto Accidents

Every year thousands of  car wrecks occur across South Texas due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful and careless behavior.  Every injury victim suffers varied amounts of damage depending on the type of auto accident involved.

Most common auto accident collisions include:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Texas

Speed Related Accidents

Reckless and careless drivers often ignore the hazards of speeding. Yet their actions cost the U.S. more than $242  billion and over 9,200  deaths each year.

One-third of all fatal crashes on US roadways are due to exceeding the posted speed limit or speeding for current road and weather conditions.

Distracted Driving (Cell Phone/Texting)

The evidence has been building for years and the National Safety Council reports:

  • Of all cell phone related distractions, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Cell phone use while driving is the cause of 1.6 million crashes every year.
  • Nearly 330,000 accidents occur every year caused by texting while driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

Reckless Driving

The Texas Transportation Code defines reckless driving broadly as operating a vehicle with “willful or deliberate disregard for the safety of persons or property.” That could mean driving too fast for conditions, or significantly over the speed limit, or weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights.

Moreover, if you fail to adhere to stop signs, perform unsafe lane changes, or fail to keep a proper look out you are participating in reckless driving.

In Texas, reckless driving also includes fleeing a police officer and racing on highways.

Reckless driving is one of several traffic offenses in Texas that carries a criminal penalty, in place of a citation.

Disregarding Traffic  Control Devices

Rolling through a stop sign or running a red light can  be construed as disregarding a traffic controlled device.  In many instances simply ignoring a sign or signal would fall under the same definition.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) reported 63 people die each month  in car crashes due to individuals running red-lights.  Additionally, there are approximately 2.3 million  intersection crashes caused by negligent red-light running.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Despite all efforts to educate and raise awareness regarding the dangers of drunk driving, it is still a major problem in Texas and throughout the US.  The NHTSA estimates 28 people die every day  as a result of drunk driving accidents.

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in the Unites States due to drunk driving crashes.

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Common Auto Accident Injuries

Death of a Loved One

Losing a spouse, child, family member, or loved one to wrongful death in an automobile accident is one of the most agonizing experiences an individual can deal with.  Sudden or violent death of someone you are close to can lead to prolonged pain and suffering and nothing can ever genuinely make up for the loss.

Many who have undergone this disaster discover some solace in pursuing legal justice. Compensation can relieve some of the difficulty by covering medical and end of life expenses, repairing property damage, and attending to your mental and psychological recovery.  This can go a long way in assisting your transition into the next stage of life.

Head Injuries

An injury to the head can be fatal or carry destructive long-term repercussions.  A distressing brain injury or skull fracture may have postponed impacts, revealing it’s actual impact after you have left the scene of an accident.

Brain injuries are most typical in side-impact crashes. However, they can take place in any mishap.  The sudden acceleration and deceleration of the brain inside the skull can be just as destructive as a direct blow or puncture from a foreign object.

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of head injuries, causing half of all serious head injuries and approximately one-third of traumatic brain injuries in the United States– that’s more than sports injuries, falls, and personal physical attacks.

Head injuries can result in irreversible mental retardation, paralysis, handicap, mental disability, emotional suffering, and social trauma.  Even when there are no noticeable injuries or blood, or loss of awareness, an automobile wreck head injury must be taken extremely serious.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident  injuries properly diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “auto accident lawyer” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Head Injuries

  • Contusion or bruising of the brain’s soft tissue.
  • Bleeding on the surface of the brain, known as subdural hematoma or subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Coma
  • Chronic headache
  • Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
  • Loss of sight, smell, taste, or hearing
  • Paralysis
  • Skull fracture
  • Nerve damage
  • Laceration of brain lobes or blood vessels
  • Seizure or epilepsy
  • Impaired speech and communication abilities
  • Mild or severe concussion
  • Reduced muscular coordination

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Lower Back Injuries

A few of the most typical vehicle accident injuries involve the low back and the associated anatomy of the spinal column, hips, ribs, muscles, and soft tissues.  The flexible tissue and vertebrae of the spine have the tendency to absorb most of the impact in a crash.  Back injuries can be minor, sprained muscles that will recover over time, or extreme, triggering irreversible loss of feeling and mobility.

The lumbar vertebrae protects the spinal cord.  If the vertebrae are fractured or compressed, the resulting damage to the spine can suggest a loss of muscle control, or paraplegia, for the victim.

The body goes through sudden acceleration, deceleration, and effect in a car accident. Even a crash at as low as five mph can hyperextend and distress muscles, or trigger compression fractures to the vertebrae.  And in accidents over 45 miles per hour, there is almost always some injury to the spinal column, including the lumbar vertebrae.

More often than not,  injury symptoms won’t appear until days after the collision, yet will continue for months or years after the mishap. To cover current and potential future medical expenses it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident  injuries properly diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “personal injury attorney” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Lower Back Injuries

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Muscle sprain, strain, and stiffness
  • Nerve damage
  • Compression fracture
  • Paraplegia
  • Reduced muscular coordination
  • Loss of sensation
  • Disc bulging
  • Swelling, bruising, and tenderness

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Neck Injuries

Some of the most typical vehicle car wreck injuries involve the neck and related anatomy of the head and spine. The reason is that the flexible tissue and vertebrae of the neck and spine mostly absorb the impact.

Neck injuries can be minor, like damage to the soft tissue that will recover gradually, or severe, causing long-term nerve and spinal column issues. The cervical spinal column, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae and spinal cord are all highly fragile and crucial parts of the normal movement. All connect to the neck, and prone to injury upon abrupt acceleration, deceleration, and impact.

Studies have revealed that crashes as slow as 5 miles per hour can produce a neck injury, and signs frequently won’t appear until days after the auto accident. And in wrecks over 45 mph, there is almost always some trauma to the spinal column. Numerous neck injuries can persist for months and years after the accident, and as much as 20 percent of injuries get worse over time.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident  injuries properly diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “car crash lawyer” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Neck Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Neck muscle strain and stiffness
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Disc injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Dizziness
  • Cervical bone fracture or dislocation
  • Paraplegia
  • Nerve damage
  • Reduced muscular coordination

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Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder includes the shoulder blade, collar bone, and humerus. These bones are held together by soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and three major joints. These are all essential to daily, practical movements.

Trauma to the shoulder prevails in car accidents. The complex structure of the shoulder joint and its sensitive parts make it prone to injury. Whether it’s a fractured bone, dislocated joint, torn tendon, or muscle sprain, shoulder injuries are no small matter, and can cause persistent discomfort and suffering.

In an automobile collision, the shoulder can be damaged from direct impact, the crushing motion of violent acceleration and deceleration, or the tension of a seat belt shoulder strap. Shoulder pain and decreased movement can also accompany neck, spinal column, and back injuries, or whiplash.

Unless there has been a direct blow, the shoulder damage is sometimes an unnoticeable ailment, and only noticeable by x-ray or MRI. The symptoms of a shoulder injury may not appear until days after a car accident, and can get worse over time.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident  injuries properly diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “automobile crash attorney” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Shoulder Injuries

  • Shoulder muscle strain and stiffness
  • Dislocated joints
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Torn tissues, ligaments, and muscles
  • “Frozen shoulder”
  • Bone fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Reduced range and articulation of motion
  • AC joint injury, or shoulder separation injury
  • “Thrower’s shoulder,” or Impingement Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  • Chronic pain
  • Severe swelling and bruising
  • SLAP tear, or Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior tear

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Arm and Wrist Injuries

In an auto collision, the arms and shoulders are particularly susceptible to injury. When the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel, the arms are vulnerable to impact and debris.  In a crash, the driver and passengers typically brace themselves tightly with their wrists and arms, leading to broken bones, strained joints, and torn ligaments and muscles.

Arms and hands can also be trapped or forced through the automobile’s window or windshield.  Severe cuts, lacerations, bruising, and internal injuries to veins and arteries can permanently hinder a person’s movement.  The most common car crash injuries due to collisions are broken arms. Not only car occupants, but motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are highly prone to wrist and forearm fractures, broken or dislocated elbows, and painful muscle contusions.

In most cases a broken bone is usually apparent; however, other injuries might not surface until a few days or weeks.  To cover current and potential future medical expenses it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident  injuries properly diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced ” Texas personal injury  attorney” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Arm and Wrist Injuries

  • Forearm fracture
  • Radial shaft fracture
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Severe bruising and swelling
  • Deformity
  • Broken or dislocated elbow
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Torn muscles and ligaments
  • Nerve damage
  • Lacerations and deep cuts

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Spinal Injuries

Some of the most severe automobile accident injuries include the spine. The effect of an accident can put extreme pressure on the spinal column, or cause back bruising and lacerations. These unfortunate injuries cause paralysis, paraplegia, muscular dystrophy, and  severe nerve system damage.

Drivers and passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are all prone to back injuries in an auto collision.  Even if the spinal cord is unharmed, victims might receive compression fractures to the vertebrae of the spine leading to discomfort and deformity.

The backbone houses the spinal cord, which handles the body’s complete nervous system below the head. It communicates muscle movement and sensory function between the body and the brain.

This means almost every muscle relies on these signals. Even a minor spine injury is a severe matter, and can cause permanent loss of movement and functionality.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses, it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident injuries accurately diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “personal injury lawyer near me” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Spinal Injuries

  • Loss of muscle control or coordination
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of sensation or numbness
  • Displaced pain
  • Inability to regulate bodily temperature
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Paralysis and paraplegia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Infection
  • Compression fractures

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Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue consists of all muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. Injury to the soft tissue can be as debilitating as damaged bones.  They can cause persistent discomfort, nerve damage, and impaired mobility.

This type of injury is typical car accidents, which produce an extraordinary shock to the soft tissue.  When drivers and passengers are jolted, muscles and tendons can be easily overstretched, hyper-extended, bruised, or torn.

The most common reported injury is whiplash.  But soft tissue injuries can be more extreme, immobilizing, and lasting longer than a typical muscle sprain. Discs and joints of the neck and spinal column can also be endangered when their supporting soft tissue is harmed.

Among the risks of muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries is that they are undetectable by x-ray. Symptoms might not appear until days after an automobile or bike crash.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses, it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident injuries accurately diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “car crash attorney” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Soft Tissue Injuries

    • Whiplash
    • Neck muscle strain and stiffness
    • Cervical radiculopathy
    • Disc injury
    • Spinal cord damage
    • Nerve damage
    • Dizziness
    • Cervical bone fracture or dislocation
    • Paraplegia
    • Nerve damage
    • Reduced muscular coordination

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Laceration and Contusion Injuries

Many people involved in a car crash will suffer lacerations or contusions.  These simply are cuts and bruises.  However, it should not be confused with small bumps and scratches.  Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians suffer the most severe lacerations and contusions as their bodies take most of the direct impact.

A contusion is a blunt injury that damages the skin and soft and tissue without breaking the skin.  Contusions to the head can result in traumatic brain damage or bleeding. The blunt force that caused the injury can also break bones cause internal bleeding, or nerve and organ damage.  Moreover, the lungs, heart, kidney, and spleen can be severely harmed.

Lacerations, or cuts, can go deep, destroying muscle, tissue, and even bones.  Shallow cuts even run the risk of scarring, causing nerve issues, accompanied by abrasions or leak injuries. Open wounds are susceptible to foreign debris, infection, and tetanus.  Victims are often permanently  disfigured when lacerations impact the head, face, or neck.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses, it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident injuries accurately diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “auto accident attorney near me” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Lacerations and Contusions Injuries

  • Bleeding
  • Pierced arteries
  • Skin punctures
  • Draining pus
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Infection
  • Tetanus
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage
  • Organ damage
  • Tendon damage
  • Short and long-term pain
  • Scarring

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Leg and Ankle Injuries

Auto accidents can be devastating.  They cause damage to legs, knees, feet and ankles. Fractures, broken bones, and torn ligaments and cartilage are a few of the injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Dislocated knees, torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL), and fractured ankle bones are commonly reported. These upper and lower leg injuries may leave victims to permanently unable to walk or stand.

Because the legs are restricted with little security between them and the steering wheel, legs and ankles are often injured in car or trucking accidents. “Dashboard knee” is a ligament tear that gets its name after many motorists and travelers struck their knee on the dash. During an auto accident, the feet and ankles are pushed to the floor to brace for impact. This makes legs and ankles susceptible to injury due to the force of a crash.

Motorcycle accidents often result in severe leg and foot injuries due to side impact collisions of other vehicles. Legs are often pinned under the crushing weight of the motorbike. Bicyclists and pedestrians are also exposed to serious lower body trauma when struck by motorcycles, trucks, or cars.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses, it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident injuries accurately diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “auto accident lawyer in McAllen – Edinburg” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Types of Auto Accident Leg and Ankle Injuries

  • Broken legs
  • Broken ankles
  • Dislocated knee
  • Fibular break or fracture
  • Tibia break or fracture
  • Talus ankle fracture
  • Broken foot
  • Broken femur
  • Dashboard knee
  • ACL injury
  • Torn meniscus
  • Knee bursitis
  • Cuts, lacerations, and punctures

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Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is one of the most frequent injuries following an auto accident.  Some think about it as a catch-all for neck and shoulder pain and sprain.  But it’s a specific injury to the neck brought on by automobile collisions.   Whiplash is damage to the bone structures and soft tissue.

Whiplash injuries are intricate and accompanied by a variety of related painful issues. Issues like joint dysfunction, decreased motion, persistent discomfort, and spinal cord damage. The effects of whiplash can be present for months or years after an accident.

Victims of whiplash are usually hit from behind in their car.  When a vehicle is hit unexpectedly, the occupant does not have time to brace for impact.  This makes them especially susceptible to spinal damage and muscle trauma.  The abrupt force is primarily absorbed through the neck and spine. This causes head and neck abnormal hyper-extension.

Even slow speed, low impact that often take place in parking lots can cause whiplash.  Sometimes signs of whiplash are unnoticed until several days later.

To cover current and potential future medical expenses, it is necessary for you to undergo a complete medical examination. Getting your auto accident injuries accurately diagnosed combined with the guidance of an experienced “personal injury lawyer in McAllen – Edinburg” will help ensure just compensation in your settlement.

Symptoms Auto Accident  Whiplash

  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain and stiffness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Arm pain and weakness
  • Vision and hearing impairment
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • Irritability and sleep disturbances
  • Chronic pain
  • Disc injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord damage

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