In 2012, Australian Associated Motor Insurers Limited (AMMI Insurance) revealed – for the first time ever – which car accident injuries are the most common in Australia.
The company looked at more than 15,000 claims submitted in New South Wales and Queensland between 2002 and 2012 to come up with a list of the five car accident injuries third-party victims are most likely to suffer.
The premier spot was taken by arm and shoulder, also known as "upper extremity", car accident injuries. These accounted for 23 per cent of claims made during this 10-year period.
These were followed by damage to the cervical spine – in layman’s terms, whiplash injuries. A total of 18 per cent of third-party victims suffered from this type of malady.
In third place was injuries to the skin, especially cuts and burns, which made up 17 per cent of all claims AMMI Insurance received. In fourth place was legs, pelvis and buttocks – or "lower extremity" injuries at 13 per cent.
According to AMMI Insurance, psychological injuries round out the top five with 9 per cent. This type of affliction – because it’s not visible like physical injuries are – is often disregarded, but AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison states that it’s "a very real and serious problem for many people after an accident".
"People respond to trauma in many different ways, and often the psychological impacts won’t show themselves for weeks, months or even years after the accident," he explains.
It’s important to remember that both minor and serious car accidents can lead to injuries, and all it takes is a moment’s distraction, a few kilometres above the speed limit, too little sleep or too many drinks to injure yourself, a passenger or a third party.
If you have been involved in crash and have suffered injuries, you may be eligible for car accident compensation.