If you’ve had a car crash but your car can still be driven, and you’re unhurt, you might think you’ve had a lucky escape. In a sense, of course, you have. Yes, there’s still the need for you to exchange details with the other driver for insurance purposes. You might also need to have some repairs done to your car.
But at least you’re all right. You’ve not had to go to hospital. You’ve not had to make any phone calls to your family to tell them you’ve been badly injured in a collision.
You should be aware, though, that you’re not quite out of danger. Several hours later, maybe the following morning, you could find that your neck is stiff and painful. What should you do?
Don’t ignore neck pain after a car accident
If you’re experiencing pain and difficulty in moving your neck, you could have sustained whiplash from a car crash in Knowsley. Although not as serious as some of the injuries that you can suffer in road traffic accidents, it’s not something that you can ignore, either.
Whiplash is caused by impact. When there is impact, such as that which occurs in a collision, the head moves. The head, of course, is quite heavy. When it jerks rapidly, it pulls on the neck. The result is that the neck’s tendons and ligaments are put under strain. That’s why you experience the pain and stiffness.
If your neck has been hurt in a car accident, go and see your doctor as soon as possible. If it’s whiplash, they will be able to confirm it. They can also check to see whether you’re suffering from any other injuries as a result of the accident.
Call Accident Advice Helpline if you’ve sustained whiplash from a car crash in Knowsley
While you’re recovering, why not make a claim for compensation? If someone else was at fault for the accident you had, you could be eligible to claim for your whiplash injury.
You might have needed to take time off work to recover. Yes, whiplash usually clears up within a few weeks, and you probably won’t need to do any more than rest properly and take painkillers as directed by your doctor. But you could be losing enough wages to affect your financial situation even if you take just a few days off.
Also, it may be necessary for you to hire a home help or pay for a childminder to assist you with your childcare. Why should you have to suffer money problems because of another driver’s negligence or reckless actions?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile as soon as possible and speak to an advisor about the no win no fee* service that our solicitors offer.
Date Published: 7th September 2015
Author: David Brown