Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden changes to the neck’s position. It’s most frequently caused by a car accident, with rear-impact crashes often resulting in the most severe injuries.
Whiplash symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, tenderness, reduced neck movement and headaches. More severe harm can include damage to the nerves, discs, ligaments and even a broken bone in the neck. However, whiplash doesn’t always present itself right away – these silent injuries can cause memory and concentration problems, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances and irritability. Whiplash can take months and often years to heal.
Correct use of head restraints can reduce whiplash injuries
The good news is that studies show that the correct use of well-engineered head restraints in your vehicle can reduce serious neck injuries by up to 44%. There are various types of head restraints available:
- Reactive Head Restraint: A head restraint that automatically moves up and forward during the crash, activated by the weight of the person in the seat.
- Pro-Active Head Restraint: A head restraint that automatically moves up and forward at the start of the crash, activated by crash sensors on the bumper or within the car.
- Reactive Seat: An entire seat and head restraint that absorbs the energy of a rear end crash.
- Passive Seat: A seat that uses passive foam technology to absorb the energy of the crash and allows the person to use the head restraint without the neck changing position.
- Traditional Seat: A traditional fixed or adjustable head restraint that has no specific anti-whiplash technology.
The Whiplash Prevention Campaign can help you research head restraint ratings for most vehicles today, so you know what to look for when purchasing a car. However, correctly positioning your car’s head restraint is also a key component of whiplash safety:
- Position the head restraints to about two inches from the back of your head.
- Ensure that head restraint height is at or above the top of your head.
- Keep your seat incline to less than 20 percent.
If you have been in a car accident and believe you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, as there may be various options available of treatment that can have immediate and long-term implications for your recovery. In addition, call Klein Lawyers who can advise you on any legal aspects of your situation as well as recommend traditional and alternative medical providers to ensure your proper diagnosis and treatment.