Whiplash is a common consequence of car collisions and road accidents and can have long-lasting effects on the sufferer. NCAP conducts a series of tests on the seating of vehicles to determine how their design helps in preventing whiplash. Each vehicle is then given a rating of ‘fair’, ‘marginal’ or ‘poor’ with ‘fair’ rated vehicles offering the best protection against whiplash. According to NCAP, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra offers good protection against whiplash with a rating of 3.5. Other cars in the top five with a rating of 3.5 include the Mazda 3, the Ford Grand C-MAX, the Ford C-MAX and the Geely Emgrand EC7. This means that they offer good protection against whiplash for children and adults and also offer good overall protection for the head, neck, torso and legs. As the effects of whiplash can be felt for months, sometimes years afterwards, good protection against this is often a priority in a vehicle. However, even technology aimed at preventing whiplash does not mean that accidents don’t have the potential to occur.
Whiplash injuries in road traffic accidents
Whiplash can be caused by any kind of impact on a vehicle but it is most commonly caused by low speed rear end impacts by other vehicles. As this may be difficult to avoid if another driver is at fault, choosing a car with high protection will ensure that you do not suffer severe effects in the aftermath. However, you may still sustain an injury because someone else was careless on the road which means that you could have a case for compensation. Where there is evidence of negligence and you have a car which provides good protection from injury, your case will be stronger and Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with the process.
How we can help you
Where there is evidence of negligence on the part of another driver, you can give Accident Advice Helpline a call on our free phone line. The lines are open 24/7 and we offer no-obligation advice so you are under no pressure to pursue your case. However, we operate on a no win, no fee* basis so no money is paid to us upfront for taking your case. Provided your accident was someone else’s fault and occurred within the last three years then we can take you step by step through the process of claiming compensation from the guilty party.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown