Five of the most common Road Traffic Injuries
Car accidents still occur despite traffic rules and regulations, law enforcement, speed bumps, and speed cameras. Unfortunately, the inconvenience and trauma of a car accident is not the only thing you have to worry about.
Traffic injuries are a common by-product of most car accidents. Some of these injuries are more serious, and the effects are more damaging. Fasten your seatbelts as we closely examine some of the most common traffic injuries.
Common Road Traffic Injuries
The most common road traffic injuries include:
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when there is a harsh jerk to the head, which causes the head to move aggressively away from the rest of the body. This happens due to an unexpected impact, such as another car crashing into your vehicle.
This injury is common and can lead to neck pain, headaches, loss of mobility in the neck and loss of memory that can last up to weeks. Of importance, the pain from whiplash might only occur 24 hours (or longer) after the incident.
Traumatic Brain Injury
These injuries result from force or other trauma to the head or body.
The amount of damage is dependent on many factors, including the following:
- Type of the injury.
- Force of impact due to the collision.
Traumatic brain injury can cause bruising, soft tissue damage, blood loss and other physical brain impairment. This could culminate in long-term disability or death.
A traumatic brain injury can have vast physical and psychological consequences. Some signs will be immediately noticeable, while others could develop as time goes by.
Spinal injuries are a frequent occurrence among road traffic injuries. Injuries to your spine indicate damage to the muscles around your spine or your spinal cord is impaired. These injuries can cause weakness, reduced mobility and recurring pain. Serious injuries might have permanent effects, such as disability.
Road traffic injuries are sometimes not visible to the naked eye.
Among common psychological injuries are the following conditions:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Fear of travelling in a car.
The psychological trauma of the collision could have considerable and enduring effects on some.
Scars and Broken Bones
You may get scratches and cuts from your car accident. This can occur because of the impact of your car or another’s car or from getting struck by loose fragments. Scratches and cuts are generally painful and could cause infection or scarring in the long term.
Broken bones are also included in the most common road traffic injuries, especially broken ribs caused by seat belt tightening or airbags deploying. Broken ribs can be extremely sore, and you must allow yourself lots of time to rest and recover.
Broken arms, legs, hips and shoulders are all common road traffic injuries.
Unfortunately, travelling in a car is risky. You could experience an accident and sustain a road traffic injury.
With any injury, you have to deal with a loss of income while you recover, medical expenses and possibly long-term provisions depending on the severity of your injury.
Navigating the claim process can seem like finding your way to an unknown destination without a GPS. Luckily, a compensation lawyer can take the hassle out of making a claim.
Smith’s Lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee basis. So you can rest assured that you will not be worse off than before when making your claim. Contact us today so that we can steer you on the right course.