Many car accidents that occur in Texas and across the U.S. result in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a type of injury that affects soft tissue in the neck. This type of damage occurs when sensitive neck muscles and ligaments are suddenly forced beyond their natural range of motion, causing strains or tears. As the force of a vehicle collision can cause passengers to be suddenly propelled in multiple directions, whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with car accidents.
The ligaments and muscles in the neck provide protection to the spinal cord by preventing sudden, excessive movement of the head and neck. However, the force of a car crash can be so violent that these tissues are unable to prevent overextension or rapid movement. When this occurs, the tissues are unable to cope with the strain. As a result, the tissues may split, tear or be bruised. In severe cases of whiplash, nerves in the neck or spinal cord may be damaged.