The Role of Deceleration in a Whiplash Injury

Sheryl L. Burke
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Whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with car accidents. In a car accident, the vehicle typically comes to a sudden stop (either from braking or colliding with a car or other object). This is known as deceleration.

Sudden deceleration can be problematic because even when a person is wearing a seat belt, their head may not decelerate at the same rate as a car.
If your vehicle is traveling at 8 MPH, a sudden stop would cause the car to decelerate at a rate of 2 g's. Your head would decelerate at a rate of 5 g's, which is faster than the car. A whiplash injury can occur at speeds as low as 6 MPH.

When sudden deceleration occurs, the neck is stretched beyond its normal range of motion.
(That's a lot, considering the neck is one of the most flexible parts of the spine.) When the neck is stretched unnaturally, it causes muscles and ligaments to stretch and even tear.

This can lead your vertebrae to:
 

  • bulge;
  • tear;
  • rupture; and
  • dislocate. 


All of those injuries may cause your neck to lose its range of motion, not to mention cause tenderness, numbness, shoulder and arm pain and even blurred vision.

If you've recently sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident in Georgia, you may want to seek compensation in the form of a Georgia personal injury claim. Talk with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to find out if the liable party can be held responsible for your medical expenses, time out of work and even the pain and suffering that your whiplash injury caused. 

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

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