If you have had the misfortune of being involved in a road traffic accident, whether it be a motorcycle, car or cycle accident, or even as a pedestrian, there is a strong possibility that you may have sustained injuries. If the accident was not your fault, you have grounds to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. As well as claiming for your injuries, you are also entitled to claim for associated losses (such as lost income) known as special damages.
However, you may be wondering what kind of injury or what severity of injury entitles you to claim. The truth is that any number of injuries can be inflicted on a person involved in an accident involving high speed or moving vehicles. However, there are a number of common injuries associated with road traffic accidents. Here we look at car accidents and the kind of common injuries that lead to claims for personal injury compensation.
Common RTA Injuries
- Whiplash. You have probably heard of whiplash, the name given to damage caused to the muscles and soft tissues supporting the spine and neck as a result of violent jolting of the neck/back as a result of a road traffic accident. You can read more about claiming for whiplash injuries here.
- Lacerations. Lacerations often occur in road traffic accidents, particularly those caused at high speed. If vehicle windows are smashed or items get thrown around the vehicle or come in from outside at force during a collision, laceration injuries often follow. Lacerations can be nasty, sometimes fatal and usually leave scarring. Such injuries will form part of the valuation of your settlement award.
- Soft Tissue Injuries. Soft Tissue Injuries is the label applied to injuries not affecting organs or bones. Such injuries would usually be bruising and sprains.
- Fractures. Fractures often arise in the more serious of road traffic accidents. Personal injury claims will often include fractures to forearms, fingers, legs, pelvis and sternum. Certain fractures are worse than others, such as damage to the pelvis, femur or lower legs.
- Fatalities. Fortunately, fatalities are relatively rare on the roads of the UK. However, when vehicles collide at speed the forces of the collision can lead to injuries so severe that the injured party is killed. If you are the relative of next of kin of someone killed in a road traffic accident, you can pursue a claim for personal injury compensation on their behalf posthumously.
Of course, as well as the common injuries listed above, there are numerous other injuries that can be caused by someone involved in a non-fault road traffic accident or cycling accident, such as psychological trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and many others. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, it is a good idea to hire a specialist personal injury solicitor to pursue your claim for you.