Whiplash injuries are one of the biggest claims made against insurance companies. In 2007 alone, the cost of claims in which neck pain was the most serious injury was about $8.8 billion, or 25% of the total payout for crash injuries.
Usually, when a vehicle is struck from behind, the occupant's torso is pushed forward while the neck lags behind. The head eventually catches up to the torso, and the head suddenly whips forward.
In such a whipping motion, the muscles and ligaments of the neck can be strained. This is the exacerbated by the fact that your body is trying to tighten your muscles to protect your neck.
It is not unusual for neck pain from whiplash to not occur until hours, or even days, after the accident. This is especially true when over-tightened muscles in your neck start to release.
Injured in a car accident? Be sure to call the Mississippi personal injury attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. for help. You can call us at (601) 869-0696 for a free case evaluation.