Lower limb injuries are one of the most common types of injury arising as a result of road traffic accidents. In fact, the United Kingdom Cooperative Crash Injury Study database shows that the lower limbs are the body parts most frequently injured in car crashes.
In car accidents, lower limb injuries – injuries to thighs, legs, feet, ankles and joints - are usually caused by direct contact between the interior parts of the car impacting with the person, often because the car has crumpled under the force of the collision, or because the sudden deceleration flings the limb against parts of the car.
In motorcycle accidents and accidents involving bicycles, lower limb injuries can also be caused by the victim being thrown to the ground, or hurled against other objects, such as trees and road signs.
Even though lower limb injuries – especially injuries to the foot or ankle – are not generally life-threatening, they can cause considerable pain and suffering to the individuals involved. Badly broken or crushed limbs may require amputation.
In such cases, long-term treatment and rehabilitation is often required, and sometimes there is a permanent disability.
Lower limb fractures
A study by Monash University's Accident Research Centre found that fractures occur in 88%of car crashes where an occupant suffers a lower limb injury. Of these fractures, injury to the ankle and foot were the most common, with unrestrained occupants more likely to sustain fractures to the thigh bone.
Speed was found to be a significant factor in the incidence of fractures; however, half of all fractures occurred at a speed of less than 30 mph.
Claim compensation for a lower limb injury
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, contact Thompsons' accident compensation lawyers on 0800 0891331. We will advise you on your first steps to receiving the compensation that you and your family deserve. All claims can be made on a no win, no fee basis.