Whiplash injuries are a common consequence of car collisions and can have many long-term effects on the sufferer. As they can be debilitating and very difficult to treat, NCAP have devised a whiplash test to determine the impact a rear end collision may have on the passengers and driver of a vehicle. Whiplash is more frequently seen in cases of low speed collisions into the rear end of vehicles therefore the whiplash test is designed with this in mind. The seat and head restraint design in vehicles is thought to be connected to the severity of whiplash injuries therefore the NCAP test looks at how easily the seat can be adjusted, the geometrics of the head restraint and the design of the passenger and driver seats in each vehicle. The seats tested by NCAP are then given a whiplash score indicating the severity of the whiplash should the car be impacted in any way. This test encourages manufacturers to consider new design techniques in order to reduce the likelihood of long-term effects if a passenger or driver suffers whiplash. Although this test helps manufacturers create a safer vehicle, whiplash injuries still have the potential to occur should there be a crash.
Potential accidents on the road
Whiplash and other injuries can be caused by high speed crashes or by low impact crashes so it is wise to stay aware while on the road. Of course, you may be an extremely careful driver but someone else may not be as vigilant while out on the road. All it takes is for another driver to be distracted or for someone to be speeding on the road and an accident may occur. As whiplash can be severe and can cause a lengthy absence from work, you can make a claim for compensation where the accident was someone else’s fault.
Making your claim
Should you have a road accident that was someone else’s fault, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim where there is evidence of negligence. Compensation could help you financially should you have to take time away from work or you incur medical costs as a result of your injury. Accident Advice Helpline has a large team of solicitors to help you with your case and we offer no-obligation advice via our free 24 hour telephone line. Alternatively, you can determine how successful your claim is likely to be by taking our online 30-second test. Just enter a few details such as your name, telephone number and whether the accident was someone else’s fault and we will get back to you. Alternatively, call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.