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What Is Considered A Serious Car Accident?

Car accidents are divided into one of a number of categories depending on the level of injury sustained by those involved.

Despite what you may initially think, a car accident’s severity isn’t determined by how bad the accident looks or how much damage has been done to the vehicles involved. It’s possible for people to walk away virtually unharmed from dangerous-looking, high-speed rollovers – and it’s equally possible for serious injuries to be sustained in what at first glance seems like a relatively minor crash.

It’s for this reason that accidents are classed as ‘serious’ only when people have sustained serious injuries – even if the accident itself didn’t look too bad.

According to road accident definitions set out by Leicestershire County Council, a serious car accident is one in which ‘at least one person is seriously injured but no person is killed.’

Injuries often associated with serious car accidents include:

  • Sternum fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Severe hip pain
  • Severe head injuries
  • Back and chest injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Deeply penetrating wounds

The Types of Serious Car Accidents

Now we’ve cleared up what constitutes a serious car accident, let’s briefly examine how they can occur. Typically, the worst injuries occur in sudden accidents, where a car’s occupants experience high g-forces; the rapid deceleration or acceleration experienced in head-on collisions, t-bone crashes and rear end shunts can cause severe and lasting injuries.

This isn’t always the case, however. As discussed above, even relatively innocuous-looking crashes can leave those involved seriously injured.

Serious Accident Lawyers

Here at Capital Lawyers, we specialise in getting compensation for those involved in serious and fatal road accidents.

Our serious accident lawyers understand that an accident doesn’t just leave you with physical injuries, but mental scars which can take a long time to heal. If your quality of life and your ability to work has been affected by the accident, we’ll do all we can to recover the amount you’re entitled to.

Additionally, we’ll make sure you receive the ongoing medical treatment and aftercare you require, giving you the best possible chance of making a full recovery – and allowing you to return to the activities you enjoy most.

Whether you were driving when the accident occurred, riding as a passenger, cycling or walking on the pavement, if you were affected by a serious accident, you could make a claim.

And crucially, every claim made through us is ‘no win, no fee’. This means that if we’re unable to secure the compensation we believe you’re entitled to, you won’t have to pay us a penny.

It’s easy to begin your claim; all you have to do is complete our straightforward road traffic accident claim form or call us on 0333 000 0510. Once we understand the nature of the accident (and your injuries) we will be able to run through the entire claim process with you.