Can Just A Small Bump Cause Whiplash?

If you have been travelling in your car, minding your own business, and suddenly someone drives into the back of you, for example, when you are waiting to move at traffic lights, can even a small bump cause a whiplash injury?

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Is speed of the essence?

Much research has been carried out about the speed of accidents and the extent of whiplash injuries sustained, and interestingly, it has been discovered that even minor bumps can cause whiplash injuries. Insurance companies always try and argue the point that a low collision impact cannot cause a whiplash injury but the reality is that there is no evidence to support this argument. It is simply another trick used by insurance companies to try and stop people from making compensation claims.

How is a whiplash injury caused?

A whiplash injury is caused by the bump into the back of your car pushing your body forward as the car is pushed forward. When the seatbelt does its job and stops your body moving forward your head continues to move forward because it is not connected to the seatbelt. When your head stretches to its maximum it flips back with your body and it is this over-stretching that causes the whiplash pain.

Therefore, it is clear to see that even a minor accident can cause the body to go through these range of movements and lead to a whiplash injury.

What should you do?

If you have been involved in a minor bump and are suffering from neck and/or shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness or back pain, you should immediately consult your General Practitioner or the Accident & Emergency department for a full medical examination. Even minor bumps can lead to more serious injuries so it is vital that you are properly medically assessed.

What should you do next?

Once you have been medically assessed you should obtain advice from a specialist whiplash claim solicitor who will be able to obtain the medical evidence needed and details of losses and expenses to be able to request offers in settlement from the insurance company of the other driver. A specialist whiplash claims solicitor will easily be able to remove any challenges made by the insurance company that a minor bump cannot lead to whiplash injuries.

Summary

It is clear from the above that even a small bump can cause whiplash. Take urgent advice if this has happened to you.

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  • No Hidden Costs – Unlike many of our competitors, Loyalty Law’s service is completely free for you to use. You can speak with one of our solicitors who will explain their service and any costs payable. You can then decide whether to ask for their help or not, but there are no charges to that point providing you with peace of mind.
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