What is whiplash?

Feeling a sudden jolt to your vehicle can be surprising. A slow moving crash where another vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle can cause harm to not only the vehicle but also to the occupants. Increase the speed of the collision, and it is likely that the occupants will suffer serious injuries, one of them being whiplash.

What is whiplash? This is a fairly common injury suffered in a car accident. It occurs when the soft tissue in the neck and back are injured. This results when there is a rapid back-and-forth motion of the neck in a car accident. This soft tissue injury does not always appear immediately following a car crash. Unlike a head trauma, broken bone or an open wound, whiplash is not a visible injury.

Much like other injuries suffered in a crash, it is possible to seek compensation for this and other injuries suffered in a crash. Whiplash is likely to require medical care. This could amount to seeing specialists and taking prescription medications for pain management. In some cases, a victim could deal with pain related to this injury for the rest of his or her life.

Following an accident, it is important to not only assess how the crash happened but also who is liable. In a rear-end crash, it is often the vehicle that collides with the rear of the other vehicle’s fault. Whether it is distractions, recklessness or intoxication, a rear-end collision could result in damages and injuries. And a victim involved in this or any type of automobile collision could file a personal injury action. This could help address these losses.

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