Rear-end collisions are known to be the most common type of car accidents that result in whiplash injury.
Whiplash is also known as a neck sprain caused from over extending the necks natural range of motion.
When you are in a rear-end collision the victims in the front car are hit pretty hard from behind causing then sudden impact to fling the person forward and backward resulting in whiplash injury.
But there are many other types of accidents that cause whiplash such
as : or truck accidents Car
- Slips and falls
- Abuse such as shaken baby syndrome
- Skiing wipeouts
- Sport injuries
All of these result in soft tissue injuries such as whiplash that not only affect your neck but sometimes your back. The muscles and ligaments tighten causing discomfort and soreness.
How serious is whiplash?
Whiplash is often overlooked because the symptoms do not always present themselves right away. This is why it is important to seek medical care right after an accident.
Common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain with movement
- Loss of range of motion in your neck
- Tingling in your arms
- Soreness in your shoulders and upper back
It may take 24 hours or more before you start to feel these symptoms because of the adrenaline rush an accident can cause. Have the proper documentation will help if you need to file a case against the person who was at fault for the accident.
Do not think lightly of whiplash injuries they will most likely go away on their own however they may heal incorrectly without proper treatment which can cause you lifelong pain and discomfort.
Is there a standard procedure you should follow after being in a car accident?
Yes, it is always best to assess the situation and if you are able to move check on the other motorist, passengers, or pedestrians involved in the accident. Turn on flashers or some sort of signal to help make you more visible to oncoming traffic so the accident does not become worse. You need to call 911 if anyone is injured.
It is Georgia State Law that you must report the accident to a local law enforcement agency if:
- Anyone is injured
- Anyone is killed
- Damages exceed $500
If none of these things apply and you and the other person involved choose to go about your ways then it a good idea to fill out a personal report of accident form in case you need to file a claim later.
It is always in your best interest to:
- Call the police - here you can learn how police reports help to establish fault.
- Exchange information
- Seek medical attention
- Get witness statements and information
- Take photos -in this article we go into further details about why photos are so valuable.
Important information to obtain from all parties involved include:
- Phone number or e-mail
- Driver License number
- License plate number of the vehicles involved
- Auto insurance of all of the vehicles involved
If you have collected this information and need to file a claim to get medical expenses, property damage, or some accident related bill taken care of by the person at fault contact a personal injury lawyer. PI lawyers are skilled at helping you sort out all of the details of the accident.
You can learn more about how our Georgia whiplash attorneys can help you here.
Never talk to another person about your accident until you speak with a lawyer especially the at fault parties insurance company. Unfortunately, the insurance company representing the person who is at fault will want to weaken your case and force you to settle at a low cost.
Contact The Brown Firm to schedule a free consultation in regard to your Georgia Car Accident Case.
No injury is too small or insignificant that you should have to put up with the discomfort due to someone else careless driving.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help you get the care you deserve.