Austin Personal Injury Blog

Car Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 19-Jan-2015

Each year, many people in Texas suffer whiplash when the car in which they are riding is hit by another vehicle. This type of injury, while not externally visible, may cause the accident victim to experience multiple symptoms, some long-lasting.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, whiplash injuries occur as a result of a violent jerking of the neck, first in one direction and then back in the opposite one. The results of the movement can include damage to the muscles, ligaments and vertebrae in the neck area.

Whiplash injuries most commonly occur in car accidents involving rear-end collisions. Victims are injured due to the violent jerking forwards and backwards of their head and neck due to the force of the collision. Since whiplash symptoms often do not show up for hours or days, people may be initially unaware they have been injured. Symptoms can include stiffness, a reduction in the ability to move the head and neck, pain radiating down from the injured area into the shoulders and arms, severe headaches and chronic pain. It is thus important for people who have been involved in a car wreck to see their doctor afterwards, even if they initially believe they escaped without injury.

Those who are injured in a car accident may often suffer economic losses including medical expenses and lost wages that far exceed the property damage to their vehicles. Through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit, a victim may be able to seek recompense for all of the damages and losses sustained. Personal injury attorneys in Austin can help to determine whether such an accident was caused by the negligence of another party.

Source: American Chiropractic Association , "Whiplash", Accessed on Jan. 16, 2015
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