Surprisingly 85% of all neck injuries in our country are caused by rear-end collisions. This fact inspired Dr Dellanno to investigate the effectiveness of head restraints and discovered that they did very little to prevent hyperflexion-hyperextension cervical injury (whiplash). Measurement of the distance from the head was up to 6 inches so at the point of impact the head is thrust back with enough force to tear ligaments and even rupture discs. He further stated that the head restraint should be no further than one inch from the head, which significantly changes the force upon the ligaments and discs. He also recommended that they be fitted for the head and the neck as well.
Impact testing on crash dummies at Wayne State University Biomechanical Laboratory in Detroit showed tested a device designed like this and revealed a 50% reduction in the force to the neck during a rear-end collision.
When you are involved in a rear-end collision many do not feel the effects immediately following the impact. This pain can manifest up to 2 weeks later especially if you are suffering from low back pain as well so it is important to tell your health care provider as much information as possible on the first visit and if things change that is entirely possible and still related to the impact.
The personal injury Lawyers at Pepper & Odom Law Firm empathize with your current situation and want to help you get your life back on track. We have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies to secure great settlements but are also not afraid to litigate in Court if necessary.
Speak with experienced Mississippi or Alabama Injury Attorney here at the law firm of Pepper & Odom today if you or a loved one has been injured. Call 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama today for a free initial phone consultation with one of our Attorneys.