What are the most common car accident injuries?

According to Compare the Market, there were over 126,000 road traffic accidents (RTAs) on the roads of Great Britain in 2021, the year for which the most recent data is available.

Unfortunately, hospital admissions data indicates that the proportion of patients entering hospitals with critical injuries following RTAs is growing. In addition, according to the road safety charity Brake, 1,608 people died on the UK’s roads in 2021, while 26,701 were seriously injured.

However, the data beyond these numbers can be less specific, making determining the most common car accident injuries difficult.

But that said, by understanding the nature of RTAs and our experiences with our clients, we can still explore what types of injuries occur on our roads most frequently.

And we start with the one injury where we do have an idea of numbers.

1.     Whiplash

We don’t know how many people suffer whiplash injuries on our roads every year.

But we do know, from the report the government published when launching May 2021’s whiplash reforms, that out of 650,000 personal injury claims linked to RTAs in 2020, 550,000 were whiplash-related.

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2.     Other neck injuries

While whiplash is the injury most commonly associated with RTAs, other soft tissue injuries, such as neck and muscle strain, occur almost as frequently.

In addition, other severe neck injuries can also occur, such as disc injuries and even breaks or dislocations in the most severe accidents.

3.     Head and facial injuries

Head and facial injuries, including brain injuries, are frequent in RTAs and can range in severity from relatively innocuous to life-changing. These injuries can occur via impact with a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, or even the frame of the car, depending on the direction of impact.

While an RTA may leave you with obvious injuries like cuts and bruises, you should always be mindful of symptoms like headaches that may indicate internal trauma despite you not suffering a visible injury.

4.     Back and spinal cord injuries

Back injuries are some of the most painful and debilitating we can suffer. On top of the challenges a back injury can present to how we live our lives, it can take a while for the symptoms of a back injury to present themselves.

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes so long for symptoms to develop that people don’t link their back injury and their previous RTA.

That’s why it’s worth keeping a “symptoms diary” even if you don’t have any obvious symptoms after being in an RTA. Then, if a month or two later you start to experience back pain, you’ll already be starting to build evidence for a potential personal injury claim. It’ll also ensure you have a little more time to bring your claim, as the three-year time limit for your claim would begin when you first notice symptoms.

Even when back injuries aren’t life-changing or life-limiting, they can lead to us suffering a significant amount of pain over an extended period. As such, if you require long-term rehabilitation, this may lead to a more substantial compensation award should you bring a personal injury claim.

5.     Internal injuries

Just as you might suffer head injuries without showing signs of trauma, other internal injuries are common in RTAs.

Internal injuries can vary massively, from internal fractures like broken ribs and wrists to internal bleeding and other life-threatening injuries to our vital organs. In some situations, something that seems relatively innocuous, like a fractured rib, could puncture a lung or other organs and lead to you developing more severe complications.

This is another reason it’s worth seeking medical treatment after an RTA, regardless of if you are experiencing obvious symptoms. A doctor may be able to identify any “hidden” symptoms that could lead to complications, and you’re also starting to gather evidence for any subsequent personal injury claim.

6.     Psychological injuries

It’s easy to focus exclusively on physical injuries when thinking about RTAs. But you shouldn’t underestimate the psychological impact of an RTA, even if the accident didn’t lead to a severe injury to anyone involved.

It’s common for people in an RTA to experience a psychological impact; these can range from travel and driving anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact LawPlus Solicitors now!

You could be entitled to personal injury compensation if you’ve suffered an injury in an RTA that wasn’t your fault.

Contact us now for a free, no-obligation review of your accident and injury.

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