Thousands of people endure commuting on public roads every morning and evening. If you’re travelling to work in rush hour, the last thing you want to think about is ending up in road traffic accidents or suffering car crash injuries.
Here are five common injuries to try and avoid whilst commuting on public roads and some tips to help you steer clear of accidents on the road.
5 common injuries whilst commuting on public roads
If you’re commuting on public roads, it’s always wise to be aware of potential hazards. Car and cycle accidents are common and they can result in serious injuries. Here are five of the most common injuries that may result from commuting on public roads:
- Cuts and grazes: if you’re involved in a car crash, or you get knocked off your bike while commuting on public roads, you may suffer cuts and grazes. In most cases, cuts and grazes are minor and will heal without any treatment. If you have a very deep cut or a wound that is bleeding excessively, you may need to seek medical advice.
- Whiplash: whiplash is a common car crash injury, which results from the action of being thrown forward and then backwards when you hit a vehicle in front or you get hit from the back.
- Broken bones: cyclists and drivers may suffer fractures as a result of accidents on the road. If you think you may have broken bones, it’s important to visit your nearest Accident and Emergency department. You’ll need to have X-rays to determine if the bones are broken and how severe the damage is.
- Spinal injuries: spinal injuries can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you think you may have a spinal injury, try and remain as still as possible until help arrives.
- Head injuries: head injuries can be caused by impact or a result of landing on a hard surface. If you’re commuting on public roads on a bike or motorbike, it’s essential to wear a helmet to protect your head and reduce the risk of serious head injuries.
If you’ve been injured on the roads and you were not at fault, you may have a case for car crash compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice