Using the most cautious driving habits can’t always save you from negligent or reckless drivers that charge toward the back of your vehicle. To increase your safety, you can learn how to react in order to prevent painful crash-related injuries, including whiplash.
If the car driving behind you is getting dangerously close, then you can take steps to minimize the impact a rear-end crash may create. One of the most common results of rear-end collisions is whiplash, which is a quick back and forth motion of one’s neck. The result of these snappy neck motions can create minor or chronic back and neck injuries, like spinal cord or vertebrae damage.
Head restraint position
Believe it or not, changing the position of the head restraint on your car seat may prevent whiplash. As you collide with a car, your whole body may move forward. Although, your seat belt may be able to save you from some serious complications, your neck can still move around. To support your neck in case of a crash, you’ll want to set your head restraint at a level that you can comfortably lean against. According to Consumer Reports, you should raise your head restraint as high as the top of your head. It should also be at an angle that is as close to the back of your head as you can get it — no more than three inches away.
By keeping yourself upright through your entire drive, you can decrease your chance of becoming a whiplash victim on top of being a car crash victim. Because when your back isn’t central to the back of your seat and head restraint, then your head will be less protected and have more space to move around. So, if someone is tailing you or you aren’t sure if you’ll be able to dodge a crash in time, then be sure center and press your head against your head restraint to prepare for the worst.
If you are involved in a rear-end crash and have injuries and car damage from it, then a personal injury attorney can help you seek out and receive fair compensation.