Preventing Whiplash Is Better Than Treating It

Whiplash is usually caused by rear end collisions. While whiplash is best prevented by avoiding the rear-end accident, there is little you can do about the actions of the motorist behind you. Your strategy is limited to not braking too quickly or too hard and perhaps getting out of the way of the colliding car if possible. However, there is a lot you can do to avoid getting whiplash should this type of accident occur.

  • Buy the right car. A high-priced car does not guaranty adequate head restraints. Remember that your passengers are also subject to whiplash in an accident. Cars may provide good head restraints for the front seats but inadequate head restraints for the back seat. Sometimes there is no restraint at all for the middle position of the back seat.
  • Understand good head restraint and seat design. A good head restraint has an adjustable height and an adjustable tilt toward and away from your head. The seat must also have an adjustable recline angle.
  • Know how to adjust your head restraint. Adjust your head restraint so that the top is level with your head. Adjust the tilt so that the head restraint is no more than two inches from the back of your head. The idea is to keep your body and head aligned during a collision. A head restraint that is too low or tilted too far back means that your head will snap backward over the top of your seat which causes whiplash. A short distance between the head restraint and your head, means that it travels less distance at a slower speed before contacting the head restraint.
  • Know the proper seat tilt. The recline angle of your seat should not exceed 20 degrees. A more upright sitting posture works best at preventing whiplash.
  • Wear your seat and shoulder belt. The key to preventing whiplash is minimizing your motion during a collision. A seat and shoulder belt does this.

Make sure that everyone riding with you properly adjusts their head restraints as well. Remember that an adjustment for one person will not work for another. If you or someone close to you are suffering from whiplash because of an accident, the accident lawyers at Mike Lewis Attorneys can help. For a free consultation, contact us.

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