Our readers in the Seattle area are probably used to seeing daily news reports about car accidents that occur in and around the city. However, the winter weather usually contributes to more than the average number of motor vehicle accidents that occur in Washington. Spring weather can’t get here soon enough. Any number of serious injuries can occur in a car accident, but “whiplash” is one injury that can cause all kinds of problems for car accident victims.
Some of our readers may know that whiplash is an injury that occurs to the neck when a person’s head is “whipped” quickly back-and-forth. This can commonly occur in rear-end car collisions. In the best-case scenario if this type of injury occurs, the victim will only experience neck soreness or stiffness for a couple of weeks perhaps, and then recover fully. However, more severe cases of whiplash can cause many other symptoms, including: headaches; numbness; dizziness; and even a loss of range of movement in the neck and head.
And, in the very worst of situations, the symptoms of a whiplash injury may never seem to dissipate, meaning that victims of the injury might not be able to achieve a fully recovery. When such an injury is caused in a car accident that was the fault of another party, injured victims may be able to pursue a civil personal injury claim in an attempt to recover financial compensation that can help with medical treatment and rehabilitation that may be needed for the injury.
Most car accidents are random, sudden events. The injuries that Seattle residents might suffer in a car accident are numerous. Anyone who believes that they have been injured due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another driver may need to explore their potential legal options.