It only takes a small force to cause injury to the lower neck, which is partly why even very low speed accidents cause injury. It seems counter-intuitive but before damage occurs in a car accident, the car getting hit remains relatively stiff and much of the energy from the collision goes into accelerating the car and the occupant(s) forward (causing the whiplash injury). Once the car getting hit starts to crumple much of the energy is spent bending or breaking parts on the car rather than Continue reading The Great Paradox: Car Accidents and Whiplash
So you approach a red light and traffic is backed up father than you expect so you brake a bit hard to stop. Unfortunately the person behind you is caught off guard, does not stop in time and hits your car!
Not very hard, mind you, but enough to startle you with a jolt and push your car a foot or two forward. You get out, check for damage, and find that the bumpers worked amazingly well and there is no damage save a smudge or a scratch on your bumper. Two days later you star getting headaches or neck pain that does not just “go away”. You may find it hard to believe that Continue reading No Damage to Your Car, No Injury? – Think Again
It only takes a split second for a car to unexpectedly hit you from behind, or to get blindsided by a tackle, or to slip on a rug or on ice. Any sudden blow or impact to your body can cause whiplash injuries.
Your body is pretty tough and most parts can handle a lot of abuse, but your neck is particularly vulnerable to injury from impacts to your body. The weight of your head puts a lot of strain on the neck Continue reading In the Blink of an Eye: Whiplash Injuries