The first thing to remember about car accidents is that they strike out of the blue and so the occupants of the car are sitting in a relaxed way and are not expecting the whiplash injuries which so often occur. Most people don’t have their car headrests in the correct position which is a very important factor – this is not necessarily their fault; not many people being given a lift, for example, would feel it appropriate to insist on adjusting the head restraint before getting in, and yet this is just what the motoring organisations such as the AA and RAC recommend.
Minimizing the effects of whiplash injuries in car accidents
It is tempting to sit in a car seat in any way that seems comfortable and on a long journey most of us tend to slump or even go to sleep. Letting the head nod is quite pleasant but it can cause severe whiplash injuries in the event of a car accident because the neck muscles are totally loose and floppy, so the tendons can be seriously hyperextended in the event of a bump. Accident Advice Helpline experts often hear from passengers that they were asleep at the time of the car accident in which they were injured – staying awake, alert and sitting straight in the car seat is definitely the best advice, but it is easy to nod off. The use of a neck pillow can help address the problem and minimise any resulting damage to the spine and muscles. The head is a very heavy object when not supported properly and the sudden impact of a car accident means that it puts intolerable strain on the muscles and tendons of the neck. It is almost inevitable that some degree of whiplash injuries will occur in any rear end shunt because of the simple physics involved.
Talk to us – but talk to a medical professional first
Whiplash injuries are something that every paramedic attending a car accident will check for and they will give you advice on what to watch out for if you show no signs at the scene. Calling us on our Freephone number for advice as soon as possible means that your case can be set in motion in a timely fashion, but medical help must always be your first port of call in any kind of incident which you think may have caused you injury. Back seat passengers should be particularly watchful for symptoms, as head restraints are not always fitted in the rear.
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Whiplash claims