Our Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Neck Injuries
If you have suffered a neck injury, our Orange County personal injury lawyer may be able to help you earn the compensation you deserve. However, it is important to keep in mind that it is simply not possible to be completely accurate in identifying every aspect of an individual car accident. This is because there are too many different variables involved. Every accident is unique in that it has its own characteristics, which can mean the difference between an accident that does not result in an injury and an accident that results in serious injury. An expert engineer must assess the forces from a car accident to determine what injuries may have occurred at the point of impact.
Variables That Should Be Considered
However, your Orange County car accident attorney may be able to make rough estimates of the potential risk of neck injuries such as whiplash by examining several variables. One variable is the angle of the collision. Whether the car was hit straight on, from the side, from behind or at an angle has an impact on the types of injuries that may occur. For example, a straight-on impact is actually often less hazardous than a collision from an angle. This is because the spine may twist in an off-center impact. The speed and size of the rear car is also important in rear-end collisions. The faster the rear car is moving, the more severe the forces placed on occupants inside the car in front. The rear car’s weight also matters. These impacts may result in neck injuries caused by the head rapidly moving forward. The front car’s speed and size should also be taken into account.
Road conditions are also important. The road surface can make an accident much more severe than it may first appear. Wet or icy roads are hazardous because they cause the car that has been stricken to move around more after the impact. This is also true of road surfaces such as gravel. The occupant’s head position is also important as a turned head makes the spine more vulnerable to injury. The occupant’s awareness should also be taken into account, as whiplash trauma is likely lessened when the occupant is able to brace before impact. Even the occupant’s sex should be considered due to differences in anatomy.
Contact an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer
For more information on how an Orange County car accident attorney can help you, contact the Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti at (888) 361-8162.