Whiplash can easily result from a rear-end collision
On your way to work, you jam to your favorite song and feel pumped for the day ahead. However, all of a sudden, you feel the impact of a car slamming into the back of your car, and you feel pain in your neck area.
Unfortunately, you can easily suffer whiplash in a collision. However, if another motorist’s negligence caused your whiplash, it is within your rights to seek to hold this driver accountable.
What do you need to know about whiplash?
Whiplash is a common motor vehicle crash injury that involves the soft tissues of the back and the neck. You can suffer this type of injury if your neck abruptly moves back and forth.
What makes whiplash such a tricky car accident injury is that you might feel okay immediately after the crash but then start to experience whiplash-related problems later on. In other words, you may not even realize you have suffered an injury until long after the car crash has taken place. For this reason, if you think you might have suffered an injury in the crash — even if you do not necessarily feel pain right away — it is in your best interest to have a doctor check you out as soon as possible.
Documenting your injuries
In addition to seeing a doctor, you may want to document your injury right away. For starters, you can write down the location, date and time of the crash that caused your injury. It may also behoove you to record the names of all drivers involved in the collision as well as their insurance information.
You might additionally want to write down the badge number and name of the officer who arrived at the scene to prepare a police report on the accident. Then, you can make notes about the type of treatment you received, along with how your injuries have affected your daily life.
Your rights as an injured car accident victim
If another motorist’s negligence caused your whiplash, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim against him or her, seeing compensation for your injuries. Proper documentation of your injuries as mentioned above may help you to successfully make your case against the motorist who caused your accident to a Florida civil court. In a successful claim, you may receive a monetary award that might help you to cover your medical bills and other losses related to the collision.
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