Most people are aware of the symptoms of whiplash, and the fact that it is common after car accidents in which one vehicle is hit from behind. However, not everyone is so sure about what causes whiplash to occur exactly.

Although it is most common in rear impact vehicle collisions, whiplash can happen in other types of crashes too (for example side impact collisions). It can also happen in accidents that don't involve vehicles at all. The thing that all the whiplash causing accidents have in common is the motions and forces that the accident puts on the neck muscles. Let's look in more detail at the causes of whiplash.

The whipping motion

If we use a rear end car collision as an example, we can look at the neck movements that cause whiplash. The 'whip' in whiplash comes from the fast backwards and forwards motion the head and neck goes through in an accident. As the car is shunted forward, the head and neck are naturally forced backwards. They then whip forward again when the car comes to sudden stop, causing whiplash.

This 'whipping' motion causes the neck to go beyond its normal range of motion, and therefore damages the muscles in the neck by over straining them. In the following days after an accident, the muscle strain can cause the sufferer intense pain and discomfort.


Can I claim compensation for whiplash?

Yes you can claim compensation for whiplash if it was caused by a car accident or otherwise, that was not your fault. Why trust your claim with anyone who is not a whiplash expert though? We specialise in whiplash claims, and have done for many years. We work no win no fee and can get you the maximum amount available. Contact the Whiplash Compensation Claims team now.

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