Each year, more than a quarter million Americans suffer whiplash injuries from car accidents. Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked one way and then the other during a Boca Raton car accident. The head is pushed out of its normal range of motion, putting stress on the neck. This causes damage to the muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments in the neck. The resulting injuries are known collectively as "whiplash."
Did you know that almost half of all cases of car accident whiplash could be prevented if every driver took just one minute to properly adjust his or her headrest before getting in the car? Headrests are specifically designed to prevent whiplash injury, but they are only effective if they are used correctly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises drivers to position the headrest so that the bulk of the headrest is directly behind the driver's head. While driving, the back of the head should be two inches away from the headrest. During a Boca Raton car crash, this position allows the back of the head to contact the headrest before the neck does, preventing the hyperextension and hyper flexion that causes whiplash injury.
It only takes a minute to make the adjustment, but that minute can save you months of pain.
If you are suffering from whiplash after a car accident, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. To discuss your Florida whiplash injury claim with an experienced Boca Raton accident attorney, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.