Common Car Accident Injuries

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By Crispin Bateman

on Tuesday 15 January 2019

Human anatomy in a car crash

At Non-Fault Claims, we have to deal everyday with the reality of driving on UK roads. The vast majority of journeys are completed without incident, of course, but the staggering truth is that over 700,000 injuries occur in Britain every year because of road traffic accidents.

Thankfully, most of those injuries are minor, but even a minor injury can cause significant distress – and not only for the victim. It’s easy to forget how guilt-ridden and upset the at-fault driver can feel in a car accident even if they are not injured themselves.

Driving carefully is our desire here at Non-Fault Claims, and we hope that our guides and advice articles help you to maintain a safe drive every time you get in a car.

Of course, we are also here if you have been injured through an accident that was not your fault, working hard to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you are entitled to. If you have been affected by a road traffic accident, no matter how minor, call us and we’ll help you with the process to make a proper compensation claim.

What are the more common injuries in a car accident?

What serious car accident injuries tend to occur?

What are the most common fatal injuries in car accidents?

How long after a car accident should I see a doctor?

What is the most common type of accident?

What should I do to make a claim after a car accident?


What are the more common injuries in a car accident?


Coming right off the top of the list is whiplash. While claiming for whiplash has been much maligned with some negative press in the past few years due to fraudulent claims, it is a real condition and if you have been affected by it, you will know how badly it can affect your life.

If you have a medical diagnosis of whiplash, then you will likely be entitled to compensation and should contact us as soon as possible.

Lower Back Injuries

While whiplash affects the shoulders and neck, lower back injuries are also very common. Impact in a collision can have a massively jarring effect on the body and though a seatbelt is very successful in preventing more major injuries, the unfortunate side effect can be an increase in lower back injuries.

Shoulder and Arm Injuries

Like whiplash and the lower back injuries, the other most common injuries have to do with the body moving in unexpected ways while being held in place. Dislocated shoulders and damage to the arms are not uncommon in car collisions.

What serious car accident injuries tend to occur?

It is thankful that the most common injuries tend to be the more minor ones. While even a minor car accident can cause whiplash, or neck and back injuries, the safety technology built into cars means it takes a more significant road traffic accident to cause a serious injury.

Unfortunately, these accidents do happen. More serious car accident injuries include:

Fractures and broken bones

Where being held in by your seatbelt reduces most car impact accidents to soft tissue injuries, if you are not taking the simple (and legally-required) precaution of wearing your safety belt, then instead of being held in place, you will find yourself being thrown around the inside of the car.

It is very common in cases where a seatbelt was not being worn for an incident that should have been considered minor to become a lot more significant. Fractures and broken bones often occur in these situations, and they can range from small hand or arm fractures, to spinal injuries with significant secondary effects.

At Non-Fault Claims, we encourage you to always employ every safety feature of your car, and this always includes clipping in your seatbelt.

Fractures and broken bones can lead to several secondary conditions, from the loss of full movement to post-traumatic arthritis or osteoarthritis. When you are making a claim for car accident compensation, it is important that you talk to your doctor to discuss any additional complaints that might have an affect on the total you are due.

Crush injuries

If the impact has done serious damage to the body of your car, then you may suffer from being crushed by the twisted bodywork or another external object.

Crush injuries can vary considerably, but include tissue damage, broken bones, damage to organs, internal bruising, head and brain injuries and paralysis. In serious cases they can lead to the amputation of a limb.

At Non-Fault Claims, we are experts on obtaining the highest possible financial award for compensation for a range of injuries, including all types of damage incurred due to a crush injury. If you have suffered the unfortunate situation described above, contact us today for help in receiving the monetary help you deserve.

Burn injuries

In some cases, you may find yourself trapped in the car and subsequently suffer further injuries due to the proximity or direct contact of fire.

Severe burn injuries can cause permanent damage and further complications. Even minor burn injuries can have an impact on your ability to work while you recover.

It is important to have all your injuries and their effects reported and documented to secure the maximum possible financial compensation award. Keeping a diary of your pain and other effects can help the courts determine the proper level of claim.

Head, brain and spinal injuries

Serious head and brain injuries can be permanently life-changing and require a total alteration in your life and the way you go about your day-to-day business, while some are little more than a minor concussion and will soon fade and be forgotten.

It is very important, however, that you are properly checked medically for any head and brain injury after an accident even if the symptoms seem minor. Failing to do so can lead to complications later that could have been avoided.

Like head and brain injuries, a spinal injury can be significant and cause paralysis among other things. When determining the final award for a road traffic accident compensation claim, the courts will consider the future impact on your life and calculate a suitable level of award to help you.

Psychological and physiological shock

Not all injuries are physical and easy to see. Being involved in a car accident is a mentally traumatic experience and many people suffer from shock or PTSD following an incident.

Like physical injury, the courts are there to ensure you are provided with financial recompense for all injuries and will award a suitable amount to help you receive counselling and help with your psychological injury.

It is not always immediately obvious that you are suffering from a shock-related condition, but like all other injuries, you should not simply brush aside the warning signs that your body is telling you. If you find yourself having nightmares or hallucinations, or if you are experiencing mood swings, irritability or a difficulty in getting to sleep then you may be suffering from shock. In these cases, you should seek a medical professional just as surely as you would if you had fractured a leg or suffered whiplash.

Don’t let your psychological condition go unobserved and untreated – it will only lead to further suffering and the loss of the rightful level of compensation.

What are the most common fatal injuries in car accidents?

It is profoundly sad that non-fault road traffic accidents lead to a fatality. In these cases, the family of the victim will be suffering greatly, and it is only right that they are able to claim for compensation for their loss.

The most common fatal injuries come from the following:

  • Skull fractures and brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord trauma
  • Serious burns
  • Crush injuries and internal organ damage

If you have suffered from the loss of a loved one due to an accident that was not their fault, then we are here to help you obtain the maximum monetary award possible.

Though we understand that no level of financial compensation can offset the loss, it is important that you are able to move on with life without worrying about the possible devastation that can come from the loss of a family member, especially one that was a core breadwinner for the family.

How long after a car accident should I see a doctor?

With any injury compensation claim, it is important that you have medical backing to confirm your injuries. You should be sure to see a doctor as soon as you have any signs of being injured (some injuries don’t immediately show themselves, but you should seek advice as soon as they do).

Make sure you keep copies of all documentation and, if you can, keep a personal diary detailing your injuries and their effect.

What is the most common type of accident?

Thankfully, the most common road traffic accidents are minor. Having a car crash into the back of you (being ‘rear ended’) is the most common type and with the safety features and impressive technology of a modern car, these are usually kept to a very minor level with most involving no harm whatsoever to the occupants of the car.

Crumple zones, airbags and seatbelts all help to maintain your safety and minimise injury in a collision, whether it is from the rear, front or sides of the car.

Unfortunately, not all car accidents involve two vehicles with all the associated safety technology. A significant number of accidents involve unprotected pedestrians or cyclists. The injuries from getting hit by a car when you are without any sort of protection can be many times more serious, and a collision at a low speed such as 20 or 30 miles an hour that would be little more than a ‘ding’ between cars becomes a life-threatening incident that can cause broken bones, brain injury and even death.

As drivers we all have a responsibility to drive safely, making the roads safe for everyone – whether they are car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, or pedestrians. Do everything you can to mitigate the chance of an accident – from preparing your route and checking your car, to making sure you never drive when too tired and never using your mobile phone while driving.

If, however, you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault then we at NFC are here to help.

What should I do to make a claim after a car accident?

Give NFC a call. Our expert personal injury lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis, so if you have been involved in an accident you can enter into the process to get your compensation with no worries regarding fees and no delays.

Our specialist accident solicitors will assess your case and help you through the process from start to finish – and the payment of the final claim.

Call today or fill in our contact form to have a compassionate advisor contact you at a time that’s convenient to you.

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