Did you know that when it comes to a head injury, car accident injuries account for the highest proportion?
More head injuries are caused by car accidents than by any other means, so all the sports injuries and falls don’t come close to the head injury car accident statistics. What does this mean for all of us on an everyday basis?
Well, anyone who drives or travels in a car knows that car accidents happen. We just hope it doesn’t happen to us. But there you are, drawing up to a red light; the driver behind you is shouting into their hands-free phone and reaching for a bag of crisps. They don’t see the red of the stop light or your brake lights, and your car is shunted halfway through the junction.
Your head smashes on your steering wheel. You get out of the car, exchange a few words and say you’re okay when you are asked. Really, you are annoyed at the other driver’s stupidity, shocked, anxious to get home and you’re simply wondering how long this is all going to take. In the back of your mind, you are already thinking about the inconvenience of getting the car to the garage, how you will get the kids to school in the morning and whether the guy who hit you is going to be insured properly.
But how do you know if you have a head injury?
Spotting a head injury in a car accident isn’t as easy as you would think. A head injury in a car accident might feel like any other, which is why a head injury is so dangerous. Spotting the warning signs of a head injury can be crucial, as early treatment can seriously affect the success of your recovery. Here is a quick guide to the signs of a head injury:
- Loss of consciousness, however brief, or drowsiness;
- A fracture to your skull, swelling, any fracture to your face or bruising;
- A severe head or stiffness in your neck;
- The loss of movement of any of your limbs;
- Convulsions, vomiting, a change in the rate of your breathing;
- Any fluid running from your nose, ears, or mouth;
- Slurred speech or problems with your vision; and
- Confusion, irritability or a change in mood or behaviour.
If you display of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention straight away.
Making sure you get the right treatment
Once you have received the right medical treatment, make sure you receive the right legal treatment. If you have suffered a head injury in a car accident that was not your fault, make sure that you get the compensation you are entitled to. We can help you through your compensation claim in a stress-free, risk-free way. With our expert personal injury solicitors, our 24-hour helpline, full administrative support service and no win no fee service guarantee that you are in safe hands.
To find out how much you could claim, try our unique 30-second online compensation calculator. Alternatively, to get started immediately, simply call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 12th September 2013
Author: David Brown