Side impact collisions mostly occur in cases when a vehicle does not give way at an intersection or roundabout. It can also happen if they try to leave a parking space or a driveway without having ascertained whether it is safe to do so. After head on collisions, this type of accident is the most common motoring accident.
Considering that these accidents usually occur at fairly low speeds, serious whiplash can still occur as a result of the impact. Soft tissue in the neck can be damaged. Muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck have to take the strain as the neck is whipped unexpectedly from side to side. This can cause a lot of damage.
Those who suffer from a side impact whiplash injury are eligible to make a claim for compensation.
The symptoms of whiplash
Just as with head-on collisions, whiplash that has occurred as a result of a side impact crash can cause a lot of pain and distress to sufferers.
The first pain that the victim will most likely notice is a pain in the neck and head. As times goes on, the muscles, tendons and ligament pain will become more noticeable and the neck will be restricted in movement and stiff. This pain could spread to the upper back and shoulders.
In serious cases, the symptoms can get progressively worse for months and even years. A chiropractor should be the first port of call for whiplash victims. Without treatment, the injury could get worse.
Whiplash injuries have been as the news recently, and insurance companies are cutting down on the payments that they make for them. It’s important to provide medical evidence in order to prove that the injury is in fact authentic. This evidence might be in the form of a medical report from a doctor, test results and a diary that records the amount of pain that is suffered on a daily basis.
Sufferers of whiplash who have had to endure pain and suffering from no fault of their own are entitled to claim for financial compensation. They will of course, be required to provide medical evidence that supports their claim.
A competent and experienced lawyer who is knowledgeable in the area of whiplash claims will be able to help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. For a free, non-obligatory chat with one of our experienced and friendly lawyers, call us on xxxx today. We can help to guide you on your journey for securing compensation.