Acceleration, Deceleration & Whiplash

By far, the most common type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident is whiplash (80 percent of car accident injuries).

Whiplash is a cervical or neck injury that is caused when the head is thrown either backwards by acceleration or forwards by deceleration. Both the acceleration and deceleration in an accident is almost always abrupt, which causes the head to jerk and be stretched beyond its normal range of motion, straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck.

Extreme cases of whiplash can even cause fractures to the neck vertebrae. Although a full recovery is most likely, these injuries are incredibly painful and may necessitate prolonged time off of work to recover.

Cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) injuries most commonly result in trauma to the deep anterior neck muscles.

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury to the neck. It is a serious injury that may also damage nerve roots, joints, and discs, affecting the quality of life for anyone unfortunate enough to experience it. Whiplash pain is caused by overextending the neck and straining the muscles running down into your shoulders and back.

In addition, it can cause nerve pain, tingling and burning, back pain, stiffness in the neck, cognitive and psychological issues such as memory loss, nervousness, sleeping problems and depression. Keep in mind – whiplash pain is not always evident right away after an accident; it may take a few hours or a few days for you to feel it.

Most commonly, whiplash is the results when a vehicle is rear-ended, rather than a side impact or head-on collision – although it is possible. Depending on the severity of the impact, and how fast both vehicles were traveling, the extent of the whiplash will differ.

The most serious whiplash injuries can cause traumatic brain injuries. With acceleration/ deceleration injuries, the brain may swell and cause bruising and bleeding. This can be potentially life-threatening.

If you suffered whiplash because of the careless actions of another motorist, you may be entitled to recover money damages. Whiplash may last for a few hours, or it may cause long-term problems.

To learn more about this, contact a NJ’s personal injury law firm to discuss your injuries and get your questions answered.  An experienced car accident attorney can help you get compensation for your whiplash injury promptly so you can get the necessary treatment and physical therapy without delay.