Road accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injuries in the UK. Nearly everyone will be involved in some sort of road traffic collision at some point in their lives, but fortunately, most road accidents are relatively minor. However, many people are injured each year following road accidents and these injuries can vary in severity and affect various parts of the body
Head and neck injuries
Because of the way seatbelts restrain people in cars, the head and neck are particularly vulnerable to injury following road accidents. The head is often flung forward during a collision and this can cause all sorts of injuries. The head could impact with the dashboard or steering wheel, which can cause everything from cuts and bruises, to fractures, brain damage and concussion.
Another common condition suffered by people following road accidents is whiplash, which is where the neck muscles are hyper-extended. It can be many days, or even weeks before the symptoms of whiplash becomes apparent and it can be a severe condition that causes months and even years of pain. In some chronic cases, the effects of whiplash can last a lifetime, while in other cases it can last just a few days.
Back and other injuries
The back is also commonly affected by road accidents. Injuries to the back include compression fractures, where the spine is pushed together, which can result in permanent disability; while damage to the discs can leave people in severe pain for many months. Back injuries can be particularly painful for people as damage to the spine can have effects on other areas of the body, from causing weakness to the limbs, problems with respiration, to paralysis. Road accidents also frequently cause broken limbs, damage to internal organs, particularly the kidneys and lungs, as well as causing broken ribs and damage to the knees and chest.
Compensation following road accidents
To claim compensation for any injury following a collision on the road, it has to first be established who was to blame. If you are found liable for the accident, you will not be entitled to claim compensation. However, if somebody else was to blame, you can make a claim for compensation through the other driver’s insurance company. At Accident Advice Helpline, we help people suffering from a wide range of injuries caused by road accidents get the compensation they deserve
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Author: David Brown