Whiplash Injury

There are different types of injuries that those who figure in car accidents may sustain: lacerations, bone fracture, paralysis, brain damage, spinal cord injury, other forms of life-altering physical trauma, and wrongful death are among these. However, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), whiplash, which numbers to about 120,000 annually, may be the most common type of injury sustained by car accident victims. Whiplash is actually a sudden, violent blow that causes the head to jolt to one direction (and then back), damaging neck ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, in the process. It may occur as a result of a fall, an assault or a sports injury; its most common cause, though, is vehicular accident, such as when a car is hit from behind (rear-ended) or at the side.

A whiplash is not an easily preventable injury; it is not immediately obvious too until after some hours, or even a day, following the accident. A person who has sustained this injury will experience muscle spasms, headaches and pain in the arms or shoulder. It can also cause back pain, swelling, nausea, lethargy or lack of energy, dizziness or sense of pins and needles in the arms.

As motor vehicle accidents are usually due to drunk-driving, over speeding, driving too slow or reckless driving, it simply means that any road accident can easily be prevented, if only drivers would choose to observe road traffic rules and refrain from being distracted while behind the wheel.

Road courtesy and responsibility are two virtues that many drivers obviously lack, especially young drivers who, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are the ones most prone to vehicular accidents. Many young drivers, despite having been informed of the necessity of behaving properly on the road, by observing traffic safety rules and yielding to others on the road when necessary, still end up guilty of driving while intoxicated, driving beyond the maximum speed limit or texting while driving. Much to their regret when an accident occurs, but whatever injury their irresponsible act results to, it is something that can no longer be undone.

As explained in the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, whiplash injuries are often accompanied by numerous expenses, which include: emergency transport; hospital visits; x-rays / ct-scans; pain medication costs; and, physical therapy. To all these, an at-fault driver can be held legally liable.

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