Some key statistics
There are just under three million vehicles recorded on Irish roads and the majority of these are private cars numbering at approximately 2.2 million. As regards deaths we have made significant progress in recent years regarding the number of people killed on Irish roads, and the more recent figures show approximately 140 people sadly die on our roads each year which thankfully is a decrease on previous years. These of course are so much more than statistics and each death leaves a trail of grief and devastation behind and we are conscious that each one of these deaths is a tragedy for each family.
Recent research reports from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) indicate to us that in the region of 8,000 people suffer injury each year in Ireland as a consequence of road traffic collisions. The bulk of these comprise car users and the next, not an insignificant number, are pedestrians. Somewhat interesting is the majority (c. 70%) of injury and fatal collisions occur during the daytime with good visibility. The RSA further reports that the majority of fatal and injury collisions occur on two way single carriageway roads and tend to occur at traffic light, stop sign, yield sign intersections.
Car crash injury type
The most usual car collision injury type is soft tissue injury or what is more commonly referred to as whiplash which make up the majority of car collision injury claims pursued in Ireland. This is an injury which is caused by sudden deceleration causing a person’s neck to bend forcibly forward and then backward or vice versa. The injury will involve the muscles, tendons, vertebrae, discs and the nerves in the neck area. The usual symptoms of whiplash include pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, pain radiating to the lower back, paraesthesia or tingling down the arm/s as well as dizziness and sometimes ringing in the ears.
Our personal injury compensation claims solicitors
If you have suffered injury as a car driver that was not your fault or a passenger injured, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.