What is the difference between an injury solicitor and Horrabridge road traffic accident claims where the occupants were wearing seatbelts and an injury solicitor and Horrabridge road traffic accident claim where the occupants were not wearing a seatbelt?
The legal process of both of these claims is actually very similar. Accident Advice Helpline is a personal injury law firm that can help with both of these types of claims. They would both be dealt with by one of their expert personal injury lawyers and would both be handled on the no win no fee* scheme.
The differences between the claims would arise from the type of injuries that would be claimed for.
Injury solicitor and Horrabridge road traffic accident claims with seatbelts
If you are starting a Horrabridge road traffic accident claim for injuries that you sustained whilst you were wearing a seatbelt then you are claiming for injuries that were caused when the seatbelt stopped you from travelling forwards. Your forward momentum was stopped by the seatbelt and so you were less likely to have been thrown out of the car. However, you may still have been crushed inside the car if the impact was severe. You may also have suffered neck injuries and whiplash is the most common of these. In fact, the single most common injury for Horrabridge road traffic accident claims is whiplash.
Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. When your seatbelt stopped most of your body from travelling forwards your head and neck were still free. In road traffic collisions the head and neck can be thrown violently forward and the soft tissues can be stretched. This produces neck pain and lack of movement for several days or weeks. Some people also suffer from headaches and pins and needles in their arms and hands.
Low back pain is another common symptom to suffer after being involved in a road traffic accident when you were restrained by a seatbelt.
Injury solicitor and Horrabridge road traffic accident claims without seatbelts
If you were not wearing a seatbelt then you stand more chance of being severely injured. If you were sitting in the rear seat of a car then you will have been thrown forward and may have injured the front seat passengers as well. If you were the driver or the front seat passenger then you may have collided with the steering wheel or dash board. The airbags will not have been that effective in reducing your injuries because they are designed to be used with seatbelts.
In serious collisions you may have been thrown out of the car and you will eventually have been stopped by the road surface or another object. This can cause multiple fractures and head injuries. It is also possible for the delicate internal structures of the body, such as the liver and lungs, to be punctured in this sort of accident.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 1st December 2013
Author: David Brown