Personal Injury: What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash – Car Accident Injury Neck injuries occur frequently in car accidents. When your vehicle stops suddenly or takes impact from another vehicle, your body jolts in a way that puts strain on your neck and spine. This strain creates whiplash injuries, in which your head moves separately from the rest of your body and injures the neck. Unfortunately, the full impact of this kind of injury does not set in right away. It might begin with soreness; in fact, you may not even feel it until your adrenaline subsides hours or days after the accident. This is one reason you should seek treatment after a car accident even if you do not feel an obvious injury. How Whiplash Affects You When your vehicle collides with another, your neck moves back and then forward, much like the motion of a cracking whip. This movement, from a stationary position, jolts your neck out of alignment. It may not be immediately apparent, but this impact on your body can lead to several other problems:
- muscle weakness and pain
- chronic pain in your body
- blurred vision
- mental lapses