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Florida collision? Know the signs of whiplash

On Behalf of | May 20, 2020 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Traveling in Florida can be dangerous. Whether you’re driving or on foot, you never know when you might be in the vicinity of a reckless or negligent driver. Perhaps, you’re pulling out of a parking space at a local restaurant in a beach town when another vehicle speeds around a bend and slams into your car. Intersections are high risk areas for collision too. Just because you obey traffic laws doesn’t guarantee that another driver will.

Depending on the force of impact in a collision, you might suffer life-threatening or less severe injuries. Whiplash is a common result of sudden impact in motor vehicle collisions, although you might not be fully aware of the extent of damage in your neck or spinal region in the immediate aftermath of a crash. This is one of many reasons it’s so important to seek medical attention and to follow-up with repeated visits, as necessary.

What happens in your body when whiplash occurs?

Your neck and spinal regions are comprised of an intricate network of bones, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Each has a special function, yet all may experience adverse effects if you suffer whiplash in a car accident. Your neck also has a stack of bones cushioned by intervertebral discs, which act similar to shock absorbers in a motor vehicle.

If another driver slams into your vehicle, your neck can be suddenly jarred, which causes forced flexion then immediate hyperextension. If this happens, you might feel immediate, severe pain. Then again, you might feel more of a tightening or tingling rather than pain. The severity of whiplash isn’t always immediately apparent.

Achieving full recovery

If you suffer whiplash in a Florida collision, it’s possible you could have neck or back problems for the rest of your life. Even in a less severe case, you might have to take time off work or make repeated visits to a chiropractor to regain full use of your neck and spine. Such treatments are expensive. Not only do such injuries often cause financial distress, you may find that you need to take a lot of pain medication to help alleviate long-term discomfort.

When another driver has been negligent or reckless, you should not have to bear the full financial burden associated with damages. This is why many recovering victims go to court to seek restitution against those deemed responsible for their injuries.