A look at the effects of car accidents and the injuries that may be inflicted
Car accidents happen every single day on roads all across the UK. No matter how carefully we drive or how aware we are of what is happening around us, there is still a high possibility that we'll be involved in an accident at some point during our lives.
More than a quarter of a million people are hurt on our roads every single year and almost 30,000 of those receive life-changing serious personal injuries. Even more tragically, 3,201 people died as a result of road traffic accidents in 2005.
If you've been involved in a car accident, hopefully you'll have walked away free from harm. However, the sad fact is that even the most minor of bumps often results in some degree of injury, maybe only whiplash or cuts and bruises, but injury nevertheless.
Improved safety measures
The cars of yesteryear were relatively short in terms of safety measures and an accident at any great speed would have deadly consequences, as tragically demonstrated by the car crashes involving James Dean and General George Patton.
Today's vehicles, on the other hand, are far more advanced in terms of safety and considerable amounts of time and money are spent on the issue when designing a new car. Publicity, reviews and the press all play an enormous part in marketing new designs and present day consumers rate safety very highly when deciding which vehicle to buy.
Despite all the efforts made by the designers and the manufacturers, car accidents still result in drivers and passengers being hurt and, until a Demolition Man-style foam protection system is made the norm, injuries will continue to occur.
Car accident injuries
The most common type of personal injury suffered in car accidents is whiplash and it is estimated that as many as 250,000 Britons are affected by it every year. Whiplash is basically the overstretching of the tissue in the neck and spine and can result in weeks, months or, in severe cases, years of pain and discomfort.
Speed is not necessarily a contributing factor to a whiplash injury as it can be caused by a car accident at speeds of as little as 5mph. It is, instead, the sudden impact of the collision and the instinctive stamp on the brakes that put the body under unnatural force and so cause the damage to the neck.
Although whiplash remains the most common injury because it can occur at even the lowest of speeds, various other injuries occur regularly because of car accidents. Cuts caused by flying glass are fairly common, as are broken limbs and head injuries. In fact, such are the nature of road accidents that almost every injury imaginable can and often does happen.
It is not only physical harm that results from car accidents, but psychological damage too. The trauma of an accident, especially if fatalities are involved, can be such that it could leave a mark on those involved for a considerable amount of time if professional help is not sought.
We can help you
Here at Car Accident Advice Line we help thousands of people every year to overcome the pain, hassle and discomfort that can follow a road accident, assisting them to get the compensation that can help get their life back on track.
We understand what a traumatic time the aftermath of an accident can be and all our staff are experienced in dealing with people who have suffered greatly as the result of an incident on the road.
If you've been hurt as the result of a car accident that wasn't your fault, we can help you too.
Our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis and won't charge you a single penny for any of their services. They also let you keep 100% of any personal injury compensation that is awarded and, considering our success rate is fantastic, the chances are that your car accident claim will be settled in your favour.
Call us today
So pick up the phone and call the experienced car accident compensation specialists today on 0808 143 43 42.
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