Rally driving injuries are an inevitable consequence of one of the most thrilling, hair-raising sports around. As car crashes go, rally driving accidents tend to be some of the most spectacular.
What is the most common rally driving injuries?
Given the nature of rally driving, it’s no surprise that the threat of injuries is never far away. Here’s a look at the three most common rally driving injuries.
Whiplash is a common injury for most road traffic accidents and rally driving crashes are no different. Whiplash affects the neck and is caused by a sudden movement of the head in any direction.
This violent movement stretches and damages the soft tissues in the neck. Whilst, in most cases, whiplash injuries heal in a few weeks or months, complicated cases can take a lot longer.
Though whiplash isn’t the most serious injury in the world, it can severely limit what the victim is able to do. The main symptoms include:
- Neck pain and tenderness
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Muscle spasms
Fractures and broken bones
Rally driving accidents tend to happen at high speeds. It’s not uncommon for cars to flip and end up on their side or roof. Rally driving locations add another element of danger. Often, the tracks are lined by trees, ditches and other natural hazards.
All of this adds up to one potentially extremely environment. Rally driving crashes are usually spectacular and look like they hurt. That’s because, invariably, they do.
Bone fractures and breaks are not uncommon in the aftermath of a rally driving accident. Hands and legs are particularly vulnerable given that they usually bear the brunt of the impact. Everything happens at such speed that you have precious little time to prepare your body and brace yourself.
Dislocations occur when bones are forced out of their sockets by sudden, violent movement. They can cause serious damage to tendons and ligaments and take a long time to recover from.
Rally driving accidents tend to cause dislocations due to the violent manner in which the body can be thrown around.
Can I claim for a rally driving accident?
If you are injured in a rally driving accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due injury compensation. A quick call to our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice