The Effects of Whiplash Resulting from Auto Accidents By on May 10, 2014

Utah – Auto Accidents and WhiplashMost people must drive the roads on a daily basis, putting themselves at potential risk for the all too common occurrence of automobile accidents. While a person can control their own driving habits in an attempt to avoid accidents and injury, it is impossible to control the actions of others. Many people who are injured in car accidents have been involved in a collision through no fault of their own. Our personal injury attorneys represent the rights of those clients who have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person or party. Due to the abrupt and sudden movements involved in collisions, one of the most common injuries to result from auto accidents is whiplash, an injury of the muscles and ligaments of the neck that can be both painful and costly. For our Utah clients involved in an auto accident resulting in whiplash, we can fight to obtain just compensation.

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash results when the head and neck are quickly forced into an unnatural forward and backward movement. The most common cause of this type of injury is an automobile accident. While whiplash can result from any type of collision in which the body is jerked around, it is most likely to result in a rear collision accident, particularly one in which a stationary vehicle is struck from behind by another vehicle. When the vehicle is struck, the head and neck move from a still position to a hyperextended position, one in which the neck is stretched backwards. After this initial movement, the head and neck are likely to extend forward into a hyperflexed position. This severe movement can cause damage to the bone structures and soft tissues of the neck, resulting in the condition known as whiplash.

The Effects of Whiplash

Fortunately, whiplash is not considered a traumatic or life-threatening injury. However, the effects of whiplash can be severe. While the severity of symptoms will vary from patient to patient, whiplash can cause significant pain and emotional stress and is likely to result in costly medical expenses. The symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, fatigue, and dizziness. This condition will likely require physical therapy and possibly other long-term treatment.


Whiplash can be a serious and, in some cases, chronic condition with significant physical, emotional, and financial impacts. Clients who suffer from whiplash as the result of an auto accident are likely due compensation for pain, medical expenses, and lost wages. Working with a team of experts, our auto accident attorneys are experienced in obtaining compensation for our clients so that those responsible for these injuries are held accountable for their actions.

Schedule a Case Evaluation

If you or a loved one is suffering from the pain of whiplash as the result of an automobile accident, you may be due legal compensation. Schedule a case evaluation with one of our auto accident attorneys at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your accident and determine if you have a case. We look forward to hearing from you!

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