Collisions between vehicles on New Mexico roads happen when drivers fail to pay attention to what they are doing and make dangerous misjudgments about how to handle their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Accidents can happen when drivers plow through red lights and stop signs, fail to yield to oncoming traffic, make dangerous passes on freeways and from a myriad of other preventable causes. When accidents happen it is not uncommon for victims to suffer injuries, and injuries to victims' necks can be some of the most common types of harm suffered.
When an accident victim's vehicle is hit that victim's head may jerk away from their body. While a seatbelt can be a life-saving tool for an accident victim it can also stop a victim's body from moving in the same direction and at the same velocity as the victim's head. As a result victims can suffer strains and pulls to the muscles and ligaments of the neck and that pain is commonly referred to as whiplash.
Whiplash is not only associated with pain. Victims of accident-related whiplash can experience dizziness, headaches and muscle tightness. They can suffer from memory problems, difficulties concentrating and issues with their balance. If left untreated whiplash can become a long-term problem that can plague a victim long into their future.
Any injury caused by a vehicle accident should be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. Once a collision victim has attended to their physical harm they may wish to discuss their rights as the victim of a car accident with a personal injury attorney to better understand how they may pursue compensation for their losses.