Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injuries sustained by drivers and passengers involved in car accidents on Kentucky roadways. Whiplash injuries are painful and debilitating and require as much as six months or more to recover. Making them even more dangerous is the fact that whiplash injuries often do not display any initial symptoms until days or weeks after the accident occurs.
What is a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash is a type of soft-tissue injury that occurs when a driver or passenger’s head moves forward or backward in a rapid and violent motion, like the cracking of a whip. This sudden and forceful movement causes damage to the ligaments, tendons, and surrounding tissues of the neck and spine. Whiplash injuries occur upon vehicle impact, and are most often seen in rear-end and head-on collisions.