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Whiplash Injuries from Car Accidents

Posted on in Whiplash Injury

Illinois injury attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer, Illinois personal injury lawyer,Rear-end collisions have long been a common type of car accident on the highways. They are more prevalent today than ever before, as we continue to see significant increases in rear-end collisions due to crowded highways, heavy traffic, and the rise of distracted driving incidents, such as texting while driving. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries drivers experience when involved in a rear-end accident, resulting from the forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck upon impact.

Injury Prevention Basics

More than two million Americans each year experience whiplash firsthand, but many drivers are unaware of some basic facts surrounding the condition. Whether you have recently been involved in a rear-end accident or you know someone who has, the following information is essential to whiplash awareness:

Headrests make a difference.

Past studies reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have proven that proper headrest restraints in vehicles significantly reduce the overall whiplash risk for drivers, particularly where rear-end collisions are concerned. Adjustable headrests, when installed and used properly, work to support the head and neck, and also prevent hyperextension.

Minimal force is required.

One common misconception about whiplash-related injuries is that they occur due to high-speed impact crashes, when in reality, many whiplash injuries actually take place due to low-speed collisions. A speed as low as 10 miles per hour can cause enough damage to provoke damaging whiplash effects. Some whiplash injuries require no speed at all, but are primarily triggered by force and the lack of restraint around the head and neck. For example, some cases occur due to collision while playing a high-impact sport, such as football or skiing.

Ignoring symptoms can worsen the condition.

Like many other injuries that occur during car accidents, whiplash can be deceptive, as the signs of injury can be minimal or delayed. Some drivers do not feel symptoms of whiplash for days or even weeks after the crash. Headaches at the base of the skull, neck pain, and stiffness, and tingling or numbness in the arms are all common symptoms that appear shortly after the accident or in the weeks that follow. To ensure your whiplash injury did not include any fractures or dislocations, it is important to address any symptoms right away. Do not ignore what may potentially turn into a more serious injury.

The moment you experience a rear-end collision, it is imperative to protect your rights to ensure your health and well-being are not at stake. If you are concerned you are injured and are unsure how to proceed, speak with a qualified Lake County car accident attorney right away. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 for a personal consultation.




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