Car Accident Attorney in Maryland: It Is Not a Head Rest. It Is a Restraint


In a recent blog, we mentioned how rear-end collisions occur.  One of the common and dangerous consequences of a rear-end collision is the distortion of the neck called whiplash.

When struck from behind in a car, the body is pushed forward by the seatback after impact.  Atop the shoulders, the neck and head move forward following the torso.  Neck muscles, ligaments and nerves can be twisted and torn by forward motion.  When the torso falls back, the neck again is distorted on the return.

If you suffer whiplash, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Headache
  • Muscle strain
  • Tingling and dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Back and shoulder pain or numbness
  • Memory, emotional or sleep disturbances

Avoiding whiplash

Steering clear of other cars helps avoid accidents, but keeping the driver behind you away from your bumper is not so easy.  Make sure your head restraint is properly adjusted.  If your body remains in alignment with the torso after impact, your chances of serious neck injury are reduced.  Here are some tips for adjusting your head restraint:

  • Height: High and close to your head puts your restraint in the position to support you after an accident.  Raise the restraint even with the top of your head.
  • Tilt: Adjust the restraint so that it is close to or touching your head.

Air bags, seat belts and head restraints are all necessary safety equipment.  Next time you drive make sure your equipment is properly adjusted for use when needed. But accidents can occur even when equipment is properly installed and used. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a skilled car accident attorney in Maryland at LeViness, Tozlman & Hamilton, P.A. to see how you might be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.