You can get whiplash in just about any type of car accident.
Rear-end collisions are a common car accident typically thought to be the most common type of car accident that results in whiplash.
Whiplash, or neck sprains, result from the over-extension of the neck's natural range of motion.
When you are the front car in a rear-end collision you get hit pretty hard from behind, causing a sudden impact, jolting you forward and backward, resulting in whiplash injury.
In the article below, we will take a look at whiplash and the accidents that cause them.
Table Of Contents
- Accidents That Cause Whiplash
- How Serious Is Whiplash?
- Common Symptoms Of Whiplash
- What To Do After Being Involved In A Car Accident
- Information To Obtain
- The Brown Firm
Accidents That Cause Whiplash
- Car or truck accidents
- 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 an often overlooked accident injury because the symptoms do not always present themselves right away.
It could take days or weeks before you start noticing symptoms.
This is why it is important to seek medical care right after an accident.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain with movement
- Loss of range of motion in your neck
- Tingling or numbness 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.
You need to have the proper documentation if you need to file a case against the person who was at fault for the accident.
That's why you should always visit a doctor right away.
Always take a potential case of whiplash seriously.
While they could heal on their own, they may heal incorrectly without proper treatment
This often causes pain and discomfort.
What To Do After Being Involved In A Car Accident
Always assess the situation immediately after an accident.
If you can move, check on the other motorist, passengers, or pedestrians involved in the accident.
Turn on flashers or some signal to help make you more visible to oncoming traffic so the accident does not worsen.
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, or the damages exceed $500.
If none of these things apply, and you and the other person involved choose to go your own way, then it is a good idea to fill out a personal report of accident form if you need to file a claim later.
No matter what, you should always:
- Exchange information
- Seek medical attention
- Get witness statements and information
- Take Photos
Check out a related blog: When Do Car Accidents Happen Most Frequently and Why?
Information To Obtain From All Parties
After an accident, there is information you need to get from everyone involved, including:
- Phone number or e-mail
- Driver License number
- The license plate number of the vehicles involved
- Auto insurance of all of the vehicles involved
Contact The Brown Firm
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.
Personal injury lawyers are skilled at helping you sort out all of the details of the accident.
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 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 regarding 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.