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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    Is injury proportional to car damage?


    When road traffic accidents happen we often judge how bad it was by the damage caused to the car. However, is this the best way of judging the severity of the accident? Is it really the case of the worse the damage to the car the worse the injuries and the worse the car crash claim?

    The crumple zone and what it means for car crash damage

    The answer to this question is not as straightforward as a simple yes or no because a badly damaged car can mean severe car crash injuries. However, each vehicle has what is called a crumple zone that helps take some of the impact, usually through the bonnet, so that the driver and passengers get less severe car accident injuries. This means that a car can look severely damaged and crushed but the victims of the road traffic accident may be lucky enough to escape with only minor injuries.

    Does this apply to all road traffic accidents?

    That all depends on the situation and type of crash. The severity of the car crash claim is dependent on many factors including speed of the vehicle, the surface the car was on, the weather and the item the car crashed into, as well as many other aspects.

    Road traffic accidents are by their very nature unpredictable and so too is their effect on the human body. Just as a badly damaged car could indicate severe road traffic injury claims, a car which has not been as badly damaged could also cause severe injuries. If the driver or a passenger hits their head or severely hits any other part of their body on impact then this may cause severe injuries even if the car has not been badly damaged.

    So the severity of injury is not always proportional to the damage caused to the car. However, if you have had a car traffic accident in the last three years which wasn’t your fault you may be able to make an accident claim. Take the easy 30 second compensation calculator test to see if you could be eligible. Accident Advice Helpline will help you every step of the way and many clients don’t even need to go to court.

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