Whiplash injuries are injuries to the neck that occur in a wide range of
car accidents, although they are most common in rear-end crashes, according
to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). They include injuries
to soft tissue, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and even the bones of the
neck. Pain, swelling, and stiffness may linger even after the injuries
appear to have healed.
While whiplash injuries are not fully understood, researchers have identified
several risk factors that can be addressed to reduce the severity of whiplash
injuries in an accident. In addition to driving safely to avoid accidents,
you can help protect yourself and your passengers from severe whiplash
by considering the following factors:
Headrest position. The headrests in your vehicle are designed to help restrain the head during
an accident, but they can only work if they are adjusted for the height
of the passenger using them. Don’t hesitate to adjust headrests
to protect yourself and your passengers.
Seating position. Sitting further away from the dashboard and leaning back into the seat
so your head is near the headrest may help to reduce the severity of whiplash
injuries, according to some research. Adjust the back of the seat so that
it is upright, and sit in a relaxed position in the seat whenever possible.
Drivers should, of course, lean forward in order to see blind spots and
other areas to drive safely.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our focused San Jose car accident attorneys
are dedicated to helping each of our clients get the compensation they
need to deal with whiplash or other injuries. Contact us today at (800)
900-0863 for a free and confidential case evaluation.