The most common form of personal injury from a car accident rear end collision is the injury to the neck commonly referred to as “whiplash”.
The term “whiplash” is used to describe the movement of the neck in certain types of vehicle collisions. Whiplash occurs commonly in car accidents involving rear end collisions or vehicles coming to a sudden halt as a result of a collision or emergency braking. Whiplash can also occur from rapid acceleration and contact sports, such as rugby.
The head, neck and spine will often be jolted forward and backwards in a whipping and lashing type motion which can cause damage to the soft tissue structures of the spine such as neck muscles, ligaments and in some cases intervertebral discs.
The term whiplash is a term commonly used by people involved in these types of collisions and in many cases a whiplash injury is thought to comprise a very minor injury.
Common Whiplash Injuries
Unfortunately, many people who have been involved in these types of collisions and suffered a personal injury as a result of the whiplash (flexion/extension) type movement caused by such a collision, will tell you that the symptoms suffered as a result of these injuries are anything but minor.
Common whiplash symptoms can include pain and neck stiffness, headaches and in some instances referred pain through the arms and legs or even nerve pain in more serious cases of spinal whiplash injuries. Whiplash symptoms can be severe, debilitating and protracted. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and believe you have a whiplash injury, we recommend you seek medical treatment immediately.