Greater Philadelphia has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the nation but an excessive number of auto accidents, many of which cause severe injury and pain.
It is estimated that about 30% of Philadelphia-area households don’t have a car, slightly behind cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC. The region has approximately 11,000 to 12,000 car accidents per year, which averages out to about 30 car crashes per day! Thirteen percent of the accidents cause injury, and almost nine percent were fatal.
Studies indicate that almost twenty percent of the crashes involved pedestrians and bicyclists or impacted the passengers within the vehicles. Many of these crashes cause serious pain and injury, ranging from neck, shoulder, and back pain, to severe leg and torso injuries. Several accident victims suffer head injuries and brain trauma in car wrecks.
At Tri County Pain Management Centers, we specialize in treating pain from auto and workplace accidents, and we have a neurologist on staff to diagnose and treat head injuries.
The causes of local automobile accidents vary, but several hundred involve drunk or distracted driving, including “driving while texting.”
The city of Philadelphia has resolved to make the street system safer for drivers, pedestrians, and bikers. It has identified local streets and corridors with the most traffic deaths and injuries and has reported that more than 50% of severe car accidents occur on just over 12% of the city’s streets.
The city calls this the “high injury network” of streets, and has vowed to reduce the number of painful and deadly accidents in this zone and throughout the region.
If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident or suffers a severe body or head injury of any sort, please contact a pain physician for diagnosis and treatment. Tri County Pain Management has twelve locations throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware, including our newest location in Allentown.
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