Driving again after a head or whiplash injury
If you have had a serious accident which led to a severe head or whiplash injury in Chinnor, you may find it emotionally difficult to get back into your car again. Many people are left with bad memories after the accident which makes it difficult for them to even consider getting back behind the wheel.
However, starting to drive again can actually be a great help in your emotional recovery, and will make you feel as though you have gotten your control back. There are legal and medical issues as to why you shouldn’t try to get back into your car too soon though, and these are explored below.
- Talk to your doctor. It is important that yoru doctor signs off on you being able to drive again before you even consider getting back into your car. Your doctor will have a better idea as to whether you are ready to drive again, and whether your brain injury will affect you.
- Check your medications. Certain medications you may be taking for your head injury may make you more likely to fall asleep or lose control behind the wheel. Check all of your medication to make sure that it will not affect you in this way.
- Speak to the DVLA. The DVLA will need to sign off on you returning to the roads as well as your doctor, so make sure that you get a full medical assessment from your doctor, followed by a certificate from the DVLA so that you can start driving again.
- Never drink and drive. Although you shouldn’t have been drinking and driving in the first place, alcohol can affect those who have suffered a head injury much worse than it affected them before. Just because you were always able to have a pint and then drive before doesn’t mean that you still can now.
- Take lots of breaks. You may get more tired or distracted after your head injury, so start with smaller journeys, and plan lots of breaks to rest.
How to claim compensation for your head or whiplash injury in Chinnor
If the accident which caused your head or whiplash injury in Chinnor was the fault of another person, it is entirely reasonable for you to want to claim compensation back from them. Compensation can help to pay for medical treatment and other types of therapies which will help you to get better all the more quickly.
On top of this, compensation will pay for help around the home, and any lost wages whilst you are recovering. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident and the head or whiplash injury in Chinnor you are suffering as a result, and find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation.
Date Published: 8th May 2014
Author: David Brown