What are the leading causes of personal injuries in California?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Every year hundreds of thousands of Californian’s are injured due to the negligent acts of other people. We see them everyday and work closely with them to put their lives back together. If you have been injured at the hands of another person, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. Here are the leading causes of personal injuries in California, according to the State of California:

Slip and Fall

The most common personal injury accidents in California in 2014, the most recent data we’ve got, is overwhelming the result of slips, trips and falls. According to the California Department of Health, 768,536 Californian’s were injured due to a slip, trip or fall. Why are these injuries so common? Because property owners don’t adequately monitor things like:

  • Uneven walkways
  • Freshly washed or otherwise wet floors
  • Icy stairs and sidewalks
  • Slippery floors due to oil or wax
  • Unsafe construction sites

Struck by an Object

After slips and falls, being struck by an object is the next major cause of personal injuries in California. Over 312,000 Californians were injured by flying objects or stationary objects that they were caught between. We typically see these types of injuries at construction sites and industrial worksites. Failure to maintain these types of worksites to OSHA standards greatly increases the rate of injuries.

Automobile Accidents

In California, it’s rare that we go a day without seeing or being affected by an automobile accident. More than 196,000 Californian’s were injured in automobile accidents in 2014. These accidents are typically caused by:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Improper turning
  • Driving under the influence
  • Aggressive driving
  • Mechanical defects
  • Improper maintenance of equipment
  • Fatigue

Injuries from auto accidents range from minor bumps and bruises to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries.

Bicycling Accidents

There aren’t many places in this country better for bicycling than Southern California. With the sun and temperate weather, many people find cycling the best way to keep in shape year-round. Unfortunately, over 42,000 cyclists were injured in California in 2014. This is likely due to other drivers not seeing cyclists, or unsafe road conditions. Like automobile accidents, injuries from bicycling accidents can range from minor to serious, and are more likely to be life threatening due to the exposed nature of bicycles.

Have You Been Injured in an Accident?

If you or someone you love has been injured by the acts of another person, it is helpful to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The law firm of J&Y represents personal injury victims in Los Angeles, San Diego, and throughout the State of California. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888.806.6722.


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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.