The type and severity of injuries suffered by those involved in car accidents depend on a variety of factors. Here is a list of the 8 most common types of car accident injuries people suffer…
One of the most common car accident injuries people claim car accident compensation for is whiplash, and there are over 1,500 whiplash claims made in the UK daily, according to the Association of British Insurers. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury caused by the sudden ‘jolting’ forwards and backwards of the neck in a whip-like motion, which damages the neck and back area. Generally, typical whiplash symptoms cause extreme pain and suffering and affect lives in many ways.
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Enduring physical traumas from a car accident can lead to psychological suffering, as the pain can be distressing, can cause a disturbance in sleep patterns, depression and possible anxiety brought about by financial stresses resulting from car accident injuries.
Car accidents of distressing scenes often cause psychological and anxiety-related conditions, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and other mental strains like phobias or re-adjustment to driving again after an accident. PTSD is usually caused by witnessing or experiencing a disturbing event and is taken very seriously, as the life-altering condition is known to trigger feelings of fear, irritability, worry, guilt and sometimes suicidal thoughts.
Amongst other injuries, car accidents can be particularly dangerous for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. Every year, approximately 700 people in the UK suffer spinal cord injuries caused by road traffic accidents; more than violence, sports injuries and medical complications combined, according to the World Health Organization.
Consisting of around 24 different bones, in addition to ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles and a spinal cord, it is easy to suffer a neck or back injury from sudden jolts and unnatural movements in a road traffic accident.
Road traffic accidents account for around 50% of all traumatic brain injuries, as reported by the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum. Head injuries that affect the scalp, the skull or the brain caused by car accidents can be life-shattering based on their severity and the lasting impact they might have on an individual and their family members.
Forearm, elbow and wrist injuries all fall under the umbrella of arm injuries that are sustained during unsuspected non-fault road traffic accidents. You can also make a leg injury compensation claim if you have suffered a leg injury as a result of a car accident that was not your fault.
Car accidents can cause both minor and severe blows to the chest by a seatbelt, steering wheel, dashboard or airbag, which often lead to a variety of chest injuries. In serious cases, chest injuries suffered in road traffic accidents could damage internal organs, entitling you to claim compensation for present and future medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering.
Fractured and broken bones are common injuries in high impact car accidents. They can include fractures to limbs, ribs, the sternum as well as dislocated shoulders or hips. Occasionally, fractured or broken bones could require surgery.
Cuts and bruises are also common injuries of high impact car accidents that cause injuries to the face and other parts of the body, from airbags, the steering wheel or panes of glass from broken windows.
To get an idea of how much compensation you could get for your car accident injuries, use our Personal Injury Claims Payout Guide.
If you have suffered any injury from a car accident that was not your fault, or would like to learn more about making a possible claim for compensation,