Whiplash & Car Accidents: 4 Facts to Know
July 10, 2015
One of the most common injuries sustained after auto collisions is whiplash, which occurs when the head quickly snaps forward and then back, injuring the soft tissues of the neck. To shed some light on the prevalence and impacts of whiplash, below, we’ll reveal some of the most important facts to know about whiplash and car accidents.
Whiplash & Auto Collisions: Here’s What You Should Know
1 – Whiplash injuries from car accidents can take 1 to 3 days to become apparent.
In fact, the symptoms of whiplash typically take about 24 to 72 hours to present themselves. When they do arise, they usually include (but may not be limited to, depending on the severity of the injury):
- Neck pain
- Shoulder and/or lower back pain
- Upper limb weakness
- Sleeping problems.
Given that whiplash is not always readily identifiable by auto accident victims, it’s crucial that they see a physician as soon as possible after the accident to get a proper diagnosis of their injuries – and to start receiving treatments ASAP.
2 – About 2 in every 3 auto accident claims involve whiplash injuries.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 66 percent of auto accident claims for bodily injury involve claims for whiplash (among other injuries). This highlights just how prevalent whiplash injuries are sustained from auto accidents.
3 – Some people are more susceptible to sustaining whiplash in car accidents than others.
In fact, your height and your gender are two factors that can make you more or less susceptible to whiplash if you are involved in a traffic collision. Specifically, researchers have found that those who have the greatest risk of sustaining whiplash in an auto collision include:
- Taller people, as they benefit less from the protections offered by head supports or restraints
- Women, who are about 1.8 to 2.2 times more likely to suffer whiplash than men are – Although studies are still being conducted to uncover just why this is, some have speculated that the differences in neck musculature are a primary factor.
4 – Whiplash can cause long-term impacts in more serious cases.
About 1 in every 5 cases of whiplash will result in longer-term disability and pain, according to researchers. This means that, in more severe cases of whiplash, ongoing treatments, such as physical therapy, may be necessary for months or possibly even years after the collision.
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