The severity of the injury a car driver can sustain in a car accident depends on certain circumstances, like the speed of both cars before impact, whether or not the injured victim is wearing a seatbelt, the part of the car that is hit and how effective the other car safety devices (like the air bag) are.
Car accident injuries range from slight bruises severe physical harm, like injury to the neck and spinal cord, bone fracture, lacerations, internal injuries, and whiplash, which is an abrupt and violent blow to the head, making it to jolt back and forth. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) believes that whiplash is the most common injury that car crash victims sustain.
According to the website of Chris Mayo, the dangers associated with whiplash include injury to tendons, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the area of the neck. One problem this whiplash injury, however, is that it is not easily determinable. Often, the symptoms associated with this injury (which includes dizziness, the sense of pins and needles in the arms, swelling of the neck, nausea, back pain, blurred vision, headache, sudden lack of energy, muscle spasms and difficulty in swallowing) become evident only hours after the accident.
Contrary to perceptions that a whiplash is possible only if the vehicle that rear-ends the victim is speeding, studies have shown (and actual cases prove) that being rear-ended even by vehicles running at much slower speed can cause the injury. While there is no certain way of keeping this injury from happening to anyone during rear-end collisions, traffic enforcers can only advise drivers to always make sure that they are secured by a seatbelt to, at least, lessen the effect of an impact.
Besides car accidents, whiplash can also be caused by assault, a sports-related injury or a fall. Individuals, who sustain the injury because of the negligent act of someone else, are allowed by the law to file a civil or tort lawsuit against the liable party. Since any type of injury can cause financial losses on the part of the victim, as well as cast the victim in situations that require him/her to undergo costly medical treatment, it is, therefore, possible to seek compensation for all present and future damages the injury will result to.
Understanding your rights as a victim, though, would definitely be better through the assistance of highly-capable personal injury lawyers.