MPs sitting on the transport select committee were told this week by medical experts that whiplash injuries can occur in vehicles travelling at just 6 mph. The evidence was part of an investigation into whiplash claims. Whiplash is a soft-tissue neck injury commonly sustained during road traffic accidents, particularly low speed collisions.

Can whiplash develop after a low speed accident?

Low speed traffic accidents regularly lead to whiplash injuries. This may come as something of a surprise, as sometimes the vehicles involved in the incident are not even damaged. But just because the car has escaped free of injury does not mean that those travelling inside the vehicle have.

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This happens because the force of impact will throw the unrestrained head rapidly backwards and forwards in a violent whipping motion. This hyperextends the neck, meaning it is stretched further than its normal limit. Hyperextension will damage the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments, causing them to become inflamed.

Because of the way the body responds to inflammation, the damage will not become immediately apparent. But after some hours or days, symptoms such as a sore and stiff neck, headaches and reduced mobility in the neck and shoulders will develop. When these physical complaints arise after a low speed traffic accident, it is very likely that a whiplash injury has occurred.

Can you make a whiplash claim?

Whiplash is a very painful condition that can significantly hinder your everyday life, preventing normal tasks such as working, driving and domestic chores. This will be extremely debilitating and for some will lead to significant emotional and financial distress.

If this is something that has affected you, you will be all the more angry if the accident was not your fault. However, there is action you can take if someone else was responsible for your accident and subsequent injuries, as you will be entitled to pursue compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.

This is because you will have been harmed due to another party’s negligence. As the innocent victim of a whiplash injury, you deserve financial redress for the physical, emotional and financial damage you have incurred. This is your legal right and it is not something you should hesitate over.

Speak to a solicitor today

If you have sustained whiplash because of a low speed traffic collision and you believe someone else is to blame, you need to speak to a solicitor about making a whiplash claim. This will allow you to clarify whether or not you are in a position to pursue legal action for your injuries.

To speak to a specialist whiplash claim solicitor, get in touch with Loyalty Law for a free initial enquiry.