Road Accident Claims: the 5 Most Common Injury Types

Posted May 13, 2020.


What are the most common RTA injury types?

Road traffic accidents, widely referred to as ‘RTA’s’ are by far the most common  type of accident in the UK. Whether involving a car, motorbike, van or lorry, or if the accident involved passengers, pedestrians or cyclists, based on the most recent Government statistics, RTA’s resulting in some form of personal injury exceed 174,000 per year; a huge number that reflects the dense and high-volume traffic conditions we are all familiar with.

Being involved in a road traffic accident is often a pretty traumatic experience which can result in injuries both physical and psychological. Here at Bakers Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience in securing compensation for our clients who have suffered all types of injuries. Based on the thousands of claims we have worked on, the most common types of injuries are:

  • Whiplash – whilst modern vehicle design has greatly improved safety for drivers and passengers, this is still a very common injury that can occur even in a relatively low speed collision or impact. Whiplash mainly affects the soft tissues in the neck area, and is caused by the head suddenly being thrown forwards, backwards or sideways and can also affect other parts of the body such as the head, spine and arms.
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  • Fractures and Breaks – the introduction of safety features such as airbags and crumple zones has helped to reduce the number of broken bones in accidents involving drivers and passengers. However, other road users such as cyclists and pedestrians are far more vulnerable to this type of injury, which can often be far more serious than they first appear with potentially months of rehabilitation required to return to full health.
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  • Head and Brain – typically caused by the head violently hitting another object either inside the vehicle (or outside for pedestrians and cyclists), the symptoms of a head injury can vary from mild to severe depending on the area of the brain affected and the extent of the damage. In many cases, there may be no visible signs of trauma at all, but the force of the impact may have still forced the brain to be pushed around inside the skull, potentially resulting in bruising, bleeding or swelling of the brain. Open head injuries include cuts to the exterior and lacerations which typically require stitches and will often leave permanent scarring. 
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  • Loss of Limbs – whilst thankfully rare, losing a limb following an RTA will have a devastating impact on the individual concerned. Having to have a limb amputated is life changing; aside from the trauma involved from a medical perspective, losing a limb can affect your activity levels, mobility and independence, hinder your ability to earn a living and make it difficult or perhaps even impossible to pursue your hobbies and interests. There is also likely to be a significant need for professional rehabilitation to help an amputee recover.
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  • Psychological – often overlooked, it can be easy to underestimate the psychological impact following an RTA, particularly those that involve severe injuries or loss of life.  The emotional effects can be life changing. Short and long-term psychological effects are common, including post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional distress, depression and persistent driving anxiety. In many cases, psychological injuries can  affect someone for the rest of their lives.

RTA Injury Claims Advice from Bakers Solicitors 

At Bakers we pride ourselves on our experience in representing claimants who have been injured following a road traffic accident that was not their fault, and helping them to receive compensation that they are properly entitled to. Our professional, friendly team will give you an honest, free and ‘plain English’ appraisal of your claim and we love delighting our clients when they receive injury compensation they deserve. 


If you would like us to handle your personal injury compensation claim, you can contact us 
online or by phone on 01252 74460.