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How to reduce your chances of getting whiplash in a crash

There are numerous injuries after a car accident that Schenectady residents can suffer from, ranging from minor bumps and broken bones to serious, life-threatening injuries. One of the most common injuries widely reported after collisions is whiplash. Many people discount whiplash as not being a big deal, but left untreated, it can result in ongoing pain and disability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is particularly common after rear-end collisions, and it may take a few days after a crash for symptoms to begin showing up. The symptoms of whiplash may include the following:

  • Stiff neck that is difficult to move, with pain that may worsen with movement
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Headaches, fatigue or dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Problems with memory and concentration

Is there anything that vehicle occupants can do to reduce the chances of getting whiplash in an accident? Consumer Reports states that cars built after 2009 have increased safety features in head restraints, which protect the head and neck in an impact. However, rear restraints are not usually as safely constructed as the restraints in the front seat. Car occupants may increase their safety by adjusting head restraints so they reach to the top of the ears or head, and make sure they rest no farther than four inches from the back of the head. It can also help to get a vehicle with a good rear-crash rating. They should also remember to wear their seat belts, sit straight instead of leaning and never follow other cars too closely.

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