Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the UK, and one of the most common types of these injuries is the neck injury known as whiplash. Much has been said and written about what you can do in the wake of a whiplash injury in order to reduce the effects of whiplash, but don’t forget that you can do much to reduce your risk of neck injury before an accident even occurs.
don’t neglect your safety
Modern motor vehicles are by and large much more safe than they have been in decades, thanks to the advent of safety features such as anti-lock braking systems, seat belts, and air bags. However, one of the oldest safety features – and one that can help to reduce the impact of neck injury on drivers and passengers – is often overlooked when it shouldn’t be, especially considering how painful and debilitating a case of whiplash injury can be if it’s severe enough.
This safety feature is the humble and lowly head restraint, included in just about every modern vehicle for the last half a century, and when a head restraint is positioned properly, a driver can receive a substantial measure of protection from whiplash injury due to the cushioning effect of a head restraint. However, a large number of drivers don’t ever pay any attention to the position of their headrest, despite the fact that they are so effective in whiplash prevention – and that they are almost all easily adjustable.
Preserving your health costs nothing but a moment of your time
The mere act of adjusting your headrest to a comfortable position is completely underrated, even though it takes nearly no time at all and that it offers excellent support to your neck and the back of your head. Raising the headrest so that the back of your head cannot snap back over it in the event of your vehicle being struck from behind will allow the headrest to absorb the impact of the collision safely instead of exposing your neck to the hyper-extension and then return flexion of your neck, which is what causes whiplash.
As a motorists or frequent passenger in a car, you owe it to yourself to take steps to ensure your headrest is adjusted properly. Not only can this save you from quite literally encountering a massive pain in the neck, it means that you won’t have to have your life completely uprooted by going to doctors, engaging in physiotherapy, or bringing personal injury claims for whiplash injury against the person who struck you from behind; with all of these things eating up so much of your time and injury, it seems simply mad to not just take the one or two moments it would take to simply adjust your headrest.
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