London is the busiest city in the UK as far as the amount of traffic is concerned, so falling foul of a whiplash injury in Charing Cross comes as no surprise to most people.
Taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds is enough
It only takes one moment of forgetfulness or thoughtlessness; just one or two seconds whereby a motorist takes his/her eyes off the road, to retune the radio or even to glance in the rear-view mirror for a couple of seconds too long, and the damage is done. If a car pulls out, or comes to an abrupt and perhaps unexpected halt, the hapless driver who has glanced away from the road in front at that inopportune time, is more than likely going to run into the back of the vehicle in front, causing an accident that may result in whiplash injury.
Most whiplash injury accidents occur at a low speed
With the majority of whiplash injury accidents, the driver at fault either has time to apply the brakes and slow his/her vehicle down before impact, or isn’t going very fast in the first place. According to accident statistics, most whiplash accidents happen at speeds below 14 mph. But even that low speed is enough to cause whiplash injury.
The mechanics of whiplash injury
Whiplash injury is caused by the ligaments in the neck being overstretched; a condition known as a sprain. When hyper-extension or hyper-flexion occurs, this is when both the neck ligaments and the neck tendons are involuntarily overstretched beyond their normal travel. Add to this the bruising and inflammation that takes place in the neck muscles, and you’ve got the complete whiplash injury scenario.
The onset of whiplash symptoms
More often than not whiplash injury doesn’t materialise immediately. It usually sets in something like 6 to 12 hours after the accident; especially when people go to sleep because that’s when they are relatively still which allows the characteristic stiffness in the neck to develop. In some instances symptoms do not develop for several days, although this is not the norm.Open Claim Calculator
Whiplash is a self healing injury
Most whiplash injuries self heal. There’s little a doctor can do apart from prescribing anti-inflammatories or painkillers, and/or a course of physiotherapy. It is however important to keep the neck moving as this, both helps to maintain mobility as well, as helping to shorten the recovery process. One thing to bear in mind however is that if it is your intention to sue for compensation, it’s always a good idea to be able to produce medical proof of the injury you sustained.
Claiming for a whiplash injury in Charing Cross
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