We never expect a serious car accident to occur when we’re out enjoying the sunny Florida weather. However, automobile collisions happen more often than most of us think, and even a minor fender-bender can result in a severe whiplash injury. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), whiplash is “a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement.”
Whiplash injuries occur most frequently in car crashes, but it’s important to remember that they can also result from a dangerous slip and fall accident or a sports-related injury. When you’ve sustained a whiplash injury, we can help. An experienced Florida whiplash injury lawyer can take a look at your case today.
Whiplash injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents, and they often occur at lower speeds than most of us would expect. According to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, which focuses specifically on whiplash injuries, nearly all whiplash injuries occur at crash speeds below 12 miles per hour.
More often than not, whiplash injuries occur in low-speed rear impact collisions, or those where a vehicle is traveling typically between 8 to 12 miles per hour and strikes a car from behind. Passengers in a vehicle that sustains a rear impact collision often sustain serious whiplash injuries.
The Spine Research Institute provides some important statistics about whiplash injuries and accidents:
How can you tell if you’ve sustained a whiplash injury? According to the ACA, the most common signs of whiplash are “pain and stiffness in the neck.” WebMD emphasizes that whiplash-related pain is often severe, and specific symptoms can include the following:
Automobile accidents and dangerous slip and falls can result in serious injuries to the head and neck. Even low-speed car crashes can lead to devastating pain. If another driver’s negligence has resulted in your whiplash injuries, we can help. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.