If you are familiar with the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, you may also be familiar with Hebden Bridge. This is a charming market town in this part of West Yorkshire, over on the western side of the region. It is home to around 4,500 people and there are other notable towns and areas nearby that are well-known too, such as Halifax and Rochdale. Many people in the area drive, and as such there is always the potential for a whiplash injury in Hebden Bridge to occur.
This is not to say accidents occur any more frequently in Hebden Bridge than they do in other parts of the country. The area is very popular with tourists, and it has an extensive history as well. It has changed much over time, as various industries have come and gone.
How does whiplash happen?
If you have ever had whiplash you will know it can be a painful injury to have. It may also not be immediately apparent that you even have it. If you are in a vehicle that is involved in an accident, it will tend to come to a sudden stop. Your seatbelt does the job it is intended to do by holding you in place and locking to prevent you from going through the windscreen. However, your head has nothing to hold it in place, and so the muscles and tendons in your neck can easily be stretched beyond their normal range of motion. The same applies to the ligaments there.
You may not realise to begin with that you have whiplash. It is often a few hours later that the pain and stiffness indicative of whiplash will start to become apparent. However, while there is not much that can be done to help it heal – other than giving it time – getting a firm diagnosis from a medical professional is a good idea. This will help ensure you haven’t caused any other more serious injuries.
Make sure you claim if you can
Accident Advice Helpline is always around to help people with questions regarding the chance of making a whiplash compensation claim. We might be able to help you too.
Call 0800 689 0500 if you have had a whiplash injury in Hebden Bridge, so we can tell whether someone else was guilty of causing that to happen. If so, compensation might be in order.
Date Published: 10th August 2014
Author: David Brown