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How fast do you need to be travelling to get whiplash?

Whiplash injuries are the result of ligaments and soft tissue within the neck being stretched beyond their typical, normal movement range. They are caused by the sudden movement of the head and neck at the point of impact in vehicle collisions.

Whiplash and speed

While the speed of vehicles at the time of a road traffic accident can make a significant difference to other injuries, for example, the higher the speed, the more severe the injuries sustained by those involved in traffic accidents are likely to be, a whiplash injury is not dependent on speed and can be sustained even at very low speeds.

Shunts from behind

If, for example, you are standing at a junction or traffic light and another vehicle shunts into the back of you, the force of this impact could be enough to cause whiplash.

As this kind of passenger or driver injury can take hours, sometimes days to become apparent, it is important to look out for signs of whiplash for at least some time after the accident on the road. Signs of neck injury after low velocity impacts may, for example, consist of:

  • Discomfort, pain or stiffness in the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Restricted movement

Should these signs be noted after a traffic-related accident, even if it was a low speed one, it is important to seek medical advice quickly.

Why seeking medical assistance is important

There are two main reasons why you should see a doctor if you suspect you suffered a whiplash injury after a car accident.

First of all, you will require treatment. Untreated injuries can get worse and have all sorts of unpleasant, painful consequences. Secondly, if the car crash responsible for your injury was caused by another driver, you could be entitled to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation.

When you lodge a compensation claim, your medical records will become part of the evidence necessary to support your injury claim.

Legal representation

Claiming for compensation necessitates legal representation. Our experienced, superlative team at Accident Advice Helpline is just a Freephone call away. Take advantage of our 15 years’ of handling car accident claims and let us get you the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.

Claims are invariably handled under conditional fee agreements, so there is no risk of losing more than you gain by attempting to claim compensation. There is a three year time limit on lodging claims, so make that call now via Freephone number 0800 689 5659.