You were at a stop light when you heard screeching brakes behind you. The driver hadn't seen you at the light ahead, because she was too busy texting her friends. You knew the impact was coming, and in an instant, you were thrown forward. Your airbags deployed. You and your passengers are okay, but you did suffer some injuries.
In situations like this, you might think you don't need to head to the hospital. Scratches and bruising are things you could take care of at home. However, it's important that you go. Your adrenaline is pumping, so it could be covering up a serious injury: whiplash.
Whiplash doesn't have to be severe, and sometimes it resolves within a few weeks on its own. However, because the tendons and ligaments in your head and neck were strained by the force of the impact, you could also suffer from severe headaches, dizziness and other symptoms. You could need to go to physical therapy to help fix the damage that has been done.
Whiplash is a common soft-tissue injury, but that doesn't mean it isn't a significant injury. It's most common during rear-end collisions, because your head snaps forward and back due to the angle of the impact.
At first, you aren't likely to notice it, but over time, whiplash develops. It can appear 24 hours or even days later. Getting a doctor to look at your head and neck after the crash is important to help prevent long-term pain and discomfort.
Our website has more about whiplash and personal injuries as a result of car crashes. It's important that the negligent driver pays for your medical care, so you can recover without concern.