Injury from Car Accident
The most common type of car accident injury is a whiplash injury, which is caused by the victim's neck being thrown backwards and forwards in a violent fashion by the impact of a collision. Other common injuries include lacerations, head injuries, broken bones and internal injuries. Sadly, in the most serious cases, deaths do occur.
Should you be involved in a car accident and suffer injuries, it is important you get prompt medical attention. The reasons for this are two-fold. Firstly, you obviously need to ensure that your injuries are treated quickly in case they are serious. Secondly, you must have the extent of your injuries established without delay in case they are serious enough to warrant a claim for compensation. A claim will be justified if appreciable suffering results and you sustain financial losses as a result of being unable to work for a period and incurring additional expenses. Failing to obtain the correct medical attention may actually prevent you from obtaining compensation that is due to you.
Any car accident injury claim is not, of course, restricted to the driver of the car. It is also available to all passengers in the car who receive injuries as a result of the accident. And involvement in a car accident can be an extremely traumatic experience, which can cause psychological injuries as well as the more obvious physical ones.
A claim for injury is in addition to any for damage to the vehicle and is classed as a personal injury claim. As such, it needs to be brought to court within three years, otherwise you may lose the right to claim. The court can extend or waive this period in the interest of justice but you shouldn't rely on this happening and it's better to get the case resolved earlier to avoid possible problems.
The whole procedure is simplified if another party involved in the accident admits liability. This may avoid the case going to court at all, with the insurance companies agreeing on figures. However, the advice of insurance companies is that you should never admit liability at the scene of the accident, so the likelihood is that the case will go to court.
The main thing to do at the scene of the accident is to keep thinking clearly and don't panic. That way, you won't make any indiscrete statements and will gather all the information you need. This means recording every relevant fact, getting witness statements and exchanging details with other drivers that are involved.
In many car accidents that result in injury, both drivers will be partly to blame. In these cases, having the full and accurate facts will enable your lawyer to apportion the blame correctly so that costs and compensation are calculated accurately.
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