Road Traffic Accidents are amongst the most common causes of personal injury, and their particular circumstances can differ greatly. The types of injuries suffered depend on a number of factors, including the attributes and speed of the vehicle(s) involved in the collision, the comparative location of the parties, and a certain amount of chance.
What should you do after a road traffic accident?
If you have suffered injuries in a road traffic accident, there are a number of things you can do which will be helpful if you later decide to make a claim.
First Things to Do:
If you have suffered injuries in a road traffic accident, there are a number of things you can do which will be helpful if you later decide to make a claim. Here are a few examples:
- Try to get the details of the other party involved in the accident – if you are injured then police should attend and will normally take details for both parties.
- If you can, get details of any witnesses to the accident too.
- If you have a camera with you, or even your mobile phone, try to get some photos of the vehicles involved and the road conditions, if they are relevant (for example, if it’s snowing or wet)
- Get medical attention for your injuries – you’ll need to provide a copy of your medical report detailing your treatment in order to make a claim.
- Take photos of your injuries, if possible.
What Injuries May Have Been Caused?
The types of injuries suffered in an accident on the road will largely depend on how your accident happened, how fast you were travelling and whether you were in a vehicle, on a bike or motorbike or crossing the road as a pedestrian. Injuries to pedestrians can range from minor cuts and bruises to life-changing head and spinal injuries, if you are knocked over by a vehicle travelling at speed. Here are a few examples of the most common types of injuries that you could suffer:
- Cuts and bruises
- Serious lacerations and grazes, most common amongst cyclists and motorcycle riders who have been knocked off their bikes
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries such as fractured ribs or a punctured lung
- Spinal and back injuries, which could include vertebral fractures
- Head injuries including a brain injury, fractured skull or concussion
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
- Loss of limbs
As you can see, some of these injuries are relatively minor, but provided you have sought medical attention, you should be eligible to make a personal injury claim for these.
Have You Suffered From Whiplash?
Consumer Credit Justice have been helping members of the public claim compensation for road traffic accidents since 2009, and during that time we have handled our fair share of claims for whiplash injuries. In fact, whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained after a road traffic accident. It’s classed as a minor injury, normally due to the fact that you won’ be offered surgery, and generally gentle exercise and painkillers will allow the few weeks the injury needs to heal.
However, some people go on to suffer debilitating symptoms and chronic pain that does not resolve itself – and if you are unlucky you could suffer from pain for years after your accident, limiting your ability to work and impacting the rest of your life. Even a minor whiplash injury could lead to a few weeks or months off work, depending on your job, which can affect your family’s finances. We can help you make a claim for whiplash compensation provided you sought medical attention after your accident, and you could be surprised at how much you are entitled to receive.
What Happens Now?
We encourage anybody considering making a personal injury claim after their road traffic accident to visit our compensation calculator. Once you have your estimated of the amount you could be awarded more, it may help you decide whether or not you want to proceed with a claim. You can call us at any time for confidential advice after your accident, and there is no obligation to go ahead with a claim.
You might be ready to make a personal injury claim, but equally it may be that you just want to find out a bit more about the claims process and see if you’re eligible to make a claim, and that’s okay too. It’s our job to offer advice and we will never pressure you into making a claim. Just remember that there’s a three-year time limit in place for most claims, and this can only be exceeded in very rare cases. It’s best to get in touch with us sooner, rather than later.