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What Are The Most Common Causes of Personal Injuries In California?

When negligence is a factor, there is no limit to the ways personal injuries can occur.

Unfortunately, when people fail to use proper reasonable care, their actions — and inactions — can result in other people getting hurt.

At Redkey Gordon Law Corp, our Stockton personal injury attorneys know that when our clients are injured in an accident of any kind, their lives are turned upside down.

Medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing expenses are just the beginning of a long road to recovery, which injury victims should never have to face on their own.

The Most Common Causes of California Personal Injuries

Personal injuries can happen without notice, which often leads to severe harm, including internal bleeding, organ damage, spinal injuries, and brain injuries that require long-term and even lifelong medical care.

The most common causes of personal injuries in San Joaquin County include:

  • Auto Accidents

On average, throughout the United States, there are six million car accidents reported each year, which injure more than three million people, with two million of those injury victims suffering permanent injuries.

  • Motorcycle Accidents

With more than 840,000 motorcycles registered in the State of California, motorcycle accidents are frequent and injure nearly 90,000 riders each year.

The Government Accounting Office estimates that motorcycle collisions cost the U.S. approximately $16 billion each year.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to experience a fatal collision than car drivers and accounted for nearly 5,000 roadways deaths last year alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,. 

  • Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents cause catastrophic personal injuries, as the person walking or jogging has little protection against a two-ton passenger vehicle or SUV.

Last year, the United States saw a three percent increase in pedestrian deaths from the previous year, totaling nearly 6,300 fatalities, accounting for one pedestrian death every 88 minutes.

  • Truck Accidents

California roads and highways are heavily saturated with semi-truck traffic, which leads to nearly 30,000 truck crashes each year in our state alone, resulting in almost 10,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths.

When distracted, speeding, reckless, or impaired drivers get behind the wheel of any vehicle, they are putting everyone’s life in danger. When these drivers are operating a large truck that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, other drivers suffer severe injuries that can require a lifetime of care.

  • Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents, including dog bites and slip and fall injuries, can occur anywhere from the homes of family and friends to businesses and public spaces.

Negligent dog owners play a significant role in their pet’s behavior and are responsible for their actions. When their dogs bite a guest or visitor who was invited onto their property — or when a gate or door is negligently left open and their dog is left to their own devices — severe injuries and infections can result.

The same is true when property owners — including homeowners, business owners and operators, or government entities — do not make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors, which can include negligent or inadequate security or failing to maintain the premises.

Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys At Redkey Gordon Today

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident that was caused by another person or entity’s negligence, contact our Stockton, California personal injury lawyers at Redkey Gordon today by calling (209) 367-1685 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. You do not have to face the negligent party or their insurance company alone. Our experienced attorneys will take the lead in pursuing the financial compensation you deserve for your unique injury circumstances.