Like all car accidents, rally accidents can result in an array of more or less serious injuries to drivers and co-drivers alike.
It appears that the most common injuries by rallying accident involve sprains to the neck, followed by upper limb injuries including cuts, bruises, sprains and fractures. Head and face injuries commonly reported after rally driving accidents include abrasions, cuts and concussions.
Other injuries by rallying accident
In some cases, broken limbs, shoulder and/or back pain have been reported. Dehydration caused by prolonged driving in hot cars is also fairly common. Thankfully, more serious injuries to the back, abdomen and head are comparatively rare, although sadly, occasionally such injuries can be fatal.
Long-term effects of rallying
Many rally drivers or co-drivers also experience musculoskeletal injuries resulting from exposure to consistently high levels of vibration and frequent mechanical shocks to their bodies. Among these injuries, those most commonly experienced affect drivers’ shoulders and their lumbar, cervical and thoracic spines. Hand or wrist sprains and lower back discomfort are also common.
The severity of injuries depends partially on the speed at which vehicles were travelling at the time of the accident. This is obviously also the case in ‘normal’ accidents on the road. Accidental collisions at low speed may, for example, result in minor bruises, cuts or whiplash injuries, while the same accident at higher speeds may result in fractures, serious head, back or abdominal injuries and even death.
If you were injured in a rally-related accident or an accident on the road, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation if the accident was caused by another rally driver or road user. Compensation claims must be made within three years of the injury being sustained.
How to claim for compensation
Passenger and driver injury claims can be initiated by contacting Accident Advice Helpline either online or by calling the freephone helpline. Available 24/7, this helpline is manned by friendly advisors with years of experience who will first of all determine the caller’s claim eligibility. Any personal details given to these advisors during the call are kept confidential, and callers are under no obligation to claim.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice