New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
How to Prevent Whiplash Injuries
In the United States, there are about 120,000 incidences of whiplash every year. This means that 328 whiplash cases occur every day. Statistics in 1999 showed that over $8.5 billion is spent annually on whiplash costs and this number is probably much higher now.
The main cause of whiplash is rear-end car crash and in the US, there is a rear-end crash every 17 seconds.
According to the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (for IIHS), the most frequently reported injuries every year are neck sprains and strains. In 2007, claims costs in which the most serious injuries were neck pain was approximately $8.8 billion, or 25% of the total crash injury payouts.
Prevention of Whiplash
There are a number of things you can do to prevent whiplash:
- Select the right car – When you are selecting a car, an important aspect that you need to look into is the overall crash rating of the vehicle. Vehicles with a higher rating than the rest will have more likelihood of being fitted with infrastructure that can help in the prevention of whiplash.
- Make sure that head rest is properly aligned – The first thing you need to do is make sure that the headrest is directly behind your head while you are driving. This will ensure that your head is not jerked and put in an unnatural position in case of a collision. Your headrest should reach the top of your ears and align with the back of your head. It is also a marvelous idea to fit new head restraints to minimize the possible effects of whiplash.
- Wear a seatbelt – Many drivers neglect to wear their seatbelts while driving. In case of a car accident, wearing your seatbelt can help in minimizing the effects of the crash, including whiplash. Also, many seatbelts have the ability to lock you in place so that you do not bounce back in case of an accident.
- Drive carefully – Drive cautiously is one of the best ways to prevent whiplash. When you understand and act upon road rules, you can effectively and significantly reduce your chances of getting involved in a motor crash and also lower the risk of the occurrence of whiplash.
Car accidents are one of the main causes of personal injury claims in the United States. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in such accidents. You can file a personal injury claim against the other driver if your injury was caused by their negligent or careless driving.
Human errors are the cause of 90% of road accidents, which means that if you are involved in a car accident, it is more than likely that it was caused by the other driver’s negligence, if not your own.
The Top Law Firm in the Area
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident caused by negligent or careless driving of the other driver, you should contact the exceptional and proven personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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