Unfortunately, you’re more likely to sustain whiplash injuries in the winter than at any other time of year, as icy roads, slippery conditions and poor visibility combine to create hazardous conditions for driving. However, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of being involved in a road accident (and thus reducing your risk of whiplash):
- You should always check your vehicle before setting off – check the lights, tyre tread and anti-freeze levels.
- Adjust your headrest – this will protect your head from being thrown backwards if you are involved in an accident. Your head should always be level with the top of the headrest.
- Avoid driving in wintry conditions wherever possible and delay your journey until the weather improves.
- Slow down and take your time when driving in winter – stopping distances increase in slippery, icy conditions, so leave more of a gap between your vehicle and the one in front.
You may not feel the symptoms of whiplash straight away – it could take days or weeks for them to fully develop. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of neck movement
- Pain in shoulders or arms
Other symptoms could include lower back pain, tiredness, dizziness or blurred vision, although these should only last for a few days. You may need to seek medical attention for your whiplash if symptoms persist, and if you’re going to claim for compensation, it’s vital to keep receipts for any expenses incurred, such as travelling to medical appointments or the cost of any prescription medication.
How we can help
If you’ve been injured in a road accident through no fault of your own, and have suffered from whiplash, we can help you. Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with road accident claims for more than 13 years, and we’re proud to be accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. We know that the aftermath of a road accident can be a stressful time, so we offer a 100% no win, no fee service; that means no upfront costs to pay.
Our team of specialist personal injury compensation lawyers will listen to your concerns, and are happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice 24/7 on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500. Whether you’re looking to proceed with a claim or just need some advice, call us today and see how we can help you – we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown