The roads are busy, that is a fact. With an increase in traffic on the roads, comes an increased risk of being involved in an accident. Despite the improvements in vehicle safety and protection technologies, drivers and passengers in cars are still at risk from road traffic accident injuries that will require medical attention.
If you do become injured in a road traffic accident and it was someone else’s fault, you should seek the advice of a legal professional to help you claim compensation from the person who caused the accident. Three of the most common road traffic accident injuries are detailed below, along with the factors that will influence whether you get a compensation payout for them or not.
Whiplash is possibly the most common types of road traffic accident injuries that people in cars suffer. Because of the action of the vehicle suddenly stopping or changing direction, the forces incurred by the neck and back as he head snaps back and forth pose a high risk of damage to ligaments and tendons around this area. These types of injuries can lead to long lasting and severe pain, so compensation should certainly be sought to repay you for some of the problems you will be facing.
2. Broken bones
Although many cars are fitted with airbags and other protective devices, due to the speeds that are involved with road traffic accidents, victims can still frequently suffer broken bones as a result of a collision. These types of road traffic accident injuries are typically suffered on the wrists, fingers and sometimes legs and can leave you unable to drive, work and look after your affairs at home on your own. Compensation can help to alleviate the financial impact of loss of earnings or of needing to pay for additional help to look after your family or to get around.
As a general rule, a break to a major bone such as the ankle or arm will result in a higher compensation payout, although the amount you go for will really be influenced more heavily by the impact it has on your life. If you break your finger, for instance, and work on a computer or in a profession that involves your hands, you could be out of work for some time and therefore, the compensation payout will need to reflect this.
3. Cuts and skin damage
From minor cuts and bruises to deep lacerations and burns, cuts and damage to the skin are common types of road traffic accident injuries. Shattering glass from the windscreen or trauma to the head frequently cause cuts in high speed collisions and compensation can be sought for even the most minor of injuries. If you suffer a cut that is likely to leave you with scarring for life, the chances of you getting a large compensation payout are much higher than in cases where small cuts are likely to heal more quickly.
Date Published: June 20, 2012
Author: David Brown