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Disability Accidents : Conditions and Statistics

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-05
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Synopsis: Information regarding accidents and disabilities including facts and statistics of common disabling injuries that can occur in the home or workplace. Automobile accidents claim more lives than any other type of accidental death and are responsible for innumerable injuries. The majority of head injuries are caused by road traffic accidents, falls, sports and assaults. Accidents on the roads and in industrial environments can happen to anybody, resulting in severe limb injury and subsequent disability. A loss of limb or severe disability has a disastrous effect on a person physically, psychologically, and economically. Taking out some form of accident or disability insurance policy in case you need to make a claim that involves either accident or disability certainly makes a lot of sense.

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An accident is defined as a specific, unexpected, unusual and unintended external action which occurs in a particular time and place, with no apparent and deliberate cause but with marked effects.

Automobile accidents claim more lives than any other type of accidental death and are responsible for innumerable injuries. The majority of head injuries are caused by road-traffic accidents, falls, sports and assaults. Accidents on the roads and in industrial environments can happen to anybody, resulting in severe limb injury and subsequent disability. Whiplash is the name for neck sprains to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spines and is commonly associated with vehicle accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear.

In a U.S. study, one hundred and thirty-seven patients attending hospital following road traffic accidents were contracted regarding pain in the neck between 1 and 2 years later.

Illustration depicts three male figures standing side by side; one has a patch over his eye, another has his right arm in a sling, and the other is using crutches due to an injured foot.
Illustration depicts three male figures standing side by side; one has a patch over his eye, another has his right arm in a sling, and the other is using crutches due to an injured foot.

Statistics: Disabilities incurred by 2502 road accident patients admitted in 3 separate years to an Accident Hospital:

However great the risks are for the average driver, the consequences of an accident are usually much more serious for a motorcyclist, often leading to long-term disability. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there are approximately 6.6 million motorcycles registered in America, and this figure does not include scooters. The NHTSA also reported that nearly 2,500 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents each year, and while this number was previously decreasing from 1990 to 1997, it has increased at least 40 percent steadily since 1997.

Examples of injury-related impairments resulting in disabilities include:

A loss of limb or severe disability has a disastrous effect on a person physically, psychologically and economically. Taking out some form of accident or disability insurance in case you need to make a claim that involves either accident or disability certainly makes a lot of sense.

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