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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research shows there were around 61,500 hospitalisations in 2021-2022 from road and car accident injuries. A car accident can happen in an instant and cause lasting physical and psychological injuries, as well as significant financial difficulties if a loved one is fatally injured. Learn about the most common car accident injuries and how we can assist you to gain compensation if your injuries have significantly affected your life.

Common car accident injuries

Some of the most common car accident injuries include head, neck and trunk injuries. Learn more here about some common injuries and symptoms needing medical attention.


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures indicate that head and neck car accident injuries account for 25% of transport injury hospitalisations.

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the head moving suddenly in one direction and then back again. The sudden, violent impact of a car accident can cause whiplash to occur.

Whiplash can result in bone or soft tissue injuries, with symptoms including:

  • Neck pain, which can be delayed for 24 hours or more after the car accident

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Loss of movement in the neck mobility

  • Memory loss lasting for days or even weeks

Traumatic brain injury 

According to Connectivity (a not-for-profit organisation raising community awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI)), a TBI is ‘an injury to the brain from a blow or jolt to the head, neck or body’. The brain could be bruised, damaged or suffer bleeding.

Car accidents are a common cause of TBI, which can range in severity from mild to severe. A TBI can result in long-term disability or death. Symptoms may be immediately present following an accident in a car, or develop in the following hours or days. They include:

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Loss of consciousness or a deterioration in consciousness

  • Dilated pupils or blurred, partial or double vision

  • Light or noise sensitivity

  • Confusion or issues with memory

If you suspect you or your loved one may have a TBI following a car accident, it’s important to urgently seek medical and legal advice.

Spinal injuries 

Trunk injuries, including spinal injuries, account for 25% of hospitalisations for road and car accident injuries. A spinal injury commonly means a spinal cord injury which can result in chronic pain and a loss of function, mobility or feeling. Car accidents are a frequent cause of spinal injuries, which can be debilitating to the point of disability and have lifelong impacts.

Psychological injuries 

Car accident injuries are not always physical. Car accident trauma can cause significant and long-lasting psychological injuries including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and a phobia of car travel. PTSD symptoms that can be triggered by the shock of car accident include:

  • Avoidance of places, people or objects that may trigger memories of the traumatic event (such as the car accident)

  • Withdrawal from daily activities

  • Distressing flashbacks to the trauma incident (such as the car accident)

  • Physical anxiety

Scarring and broken bones 

The main type of transport and car crash injury requiring hospitalisation are fractures. You may also sustain wounds, scrapes or cut injuries from car accidents. These wounds are usually painful and can be an infection risk, as well as cause long-term scarring.

Fractures, including broken ribs, can be very painful and require lengthy periods of rest and recovery.

Fatal car accident

As a final consideration, the incidence of fatalities in car accidents has unfortunately increased from 2021 to now. If you’ve experienced the devastation of a fatal car accident, you’ll find more information here.

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What we will ask: 

  • Details about the accident and injuries that have happened to you or your loved one 

  • Basic personal information that is relevant and necessary for your claim

What happens next:

  • Either book a no-obligation appointment with a motor vehicle accident legal expert right away or,

  • Speak with our team about your options

How Shine can help

We are experienced in all aspects of the laws relevant to motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we can help. We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation, so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.

*Conditions apply 

However you’ve been physically or psychologically injured on the road, we are ready to take action to get you quick access to the help and compensation you need to right wrong. 


Are there motor vehicle & pedestrian accident lawyers near me?

With more than 40 branches across Australia and 1000+ team members, location is no barrier when it comes to accessing Shine Lawyers legal advice and support. 

If you or your loved one has been injured on the road or as a pedestrian and you'd like to speak to our motor vehicle accident team in person, you can see our full list of locations here. 

If you can't find a location near you, we can easily arrange an obligation-free virtual appointment or discuss the option to meet at a location that’s comfortable and convenient for you. No matter where you are located, we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your road accident claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Can I represent myself, or do I need a motor vehicle accident lawyer?

If you have car accident injuries, a lawyer can help you with the claims process, as well as if your claim ends up in court (against the insurer’s lawyers). A lawyer can help you:

  • Understand your legal rights and entitlements

  • Make sure you don’t miss an important step in the claims process

  • Move your case forward to seek compensation for your injuries

How is a driver classified as being at-fault in a car accident?

A driver is classified as being at-fault in a car accident if their negligence caused the accident. All drivers have a duty to take reasonable care while driving. The duty is owed to all other road users. A driver may be negligent if, for example, they: 

  • Don’t keep a safe distance behind the car in front 

  • Drive while over the legal alcohol limit 

  • Speed 

  • Fail to obey road signs or stop at a traffic light 

Do I need a car accident lawyer after a motor vehicle accident? 

We recommend seeking legal advice from a lawyer if you’ve been involved in a car accident, particularly if: 

  • You’ve been injured in a car accident 

  • There’s an argument about who’s at fault in the accident (more than one driver could be at fault) 

  • An insurer for another driver has been in contact with you 

  • There’s a dispute with an insurer

Do you have a claim?  

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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