Factors that increase the severity of road traffic collisions

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Every year, over a million individuals are injured in road traffic collisions. Sadly, tens of thousands of people are also killed in car accidents. 

While any type of car accident can be serious, some factors increase the severity of accidents. Here are some important considerations. 

The speed of travel 

Speed can greatly affect the severity of a road traffic collision. For example, driving at 80 mph rather than 60 mph makes the chances of fatalities in a crash around four times more likely

The type of impact 

The type of impact can also significantly increase the severity of a collision. For instance, if a car hits a stationary vehicle, this can be serious. But, if that same vehicle hits another vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction, the chances of severe injuries are much higher. Head-on collisions are among the most severe types of accidents. 

The size of the vehicles 

The size of the vehicles involved also affects the severity of an accident. For example, if two vehicles of the same size collide at relatively low speeds, there is a chance that everyone involved escapes without serious injuries. However, if a large vehicle hits a cyclist or pedestrian, then the cyclist or pedestrian are extremely likely to suffer severe injuries. 

The location of the injury 

While all injuries suffered during a collision tend to be painful, some have more lasting effects. Cuts, bruising and even minor fractures will typically heal quite quickly. On the other hand, traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries and neck fractures can all result in long-term health complications. 

If you have been injured in a collision that resulted from negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This can help to cover your medical bills and accident-related expenses. Seek legal guidance to explore your options in more detail.