Whiplash is a painful condition that can last a lifetime, causing discomfort and suffering to victims. It often leads it’s sufferers to claim for whiplash compensation. It’s common and easy to suffer too, caused as it is by low speed crashes as much as high speed crashes. It occurs almost exclusively among drivers who have had the rear of their car driven into. Coincidentally, this is the most common type of car accident. So if we are all so much at risk of whiplash, why isn’t there more done to prevent it?
It’s not like the technology is not already there. Saab was the first company to introduce active headrests – that help prevent whiplash – way back in 1997. The headrests work by a simple mechanical function that when the drivers’ upper back is pushed back into the seat with force, the headrest is pushed forward. This insures that the head is caught by the headrest before it has chance to whip all the way back. This is a simple, cheap and effective way in a majority of cases of stopping whiplash entirely. So why aren’t these types of headrest standard on all cars? Volvo recently was showing off their new whiplash protection seatbacks and headrests at the Canadian Autoshow. Still, these are an exception rather than a rule.
With car consumers ever more worried about safety, why have headrests missed the safety bandwagon? When buying a car these days, checking it has airbags and good safety crash test figures are amongst many people’s highest priorities. But we let car companies put us at risk of serious injury by not demanding this simple safety device as standard on all cars. If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to make a whiplash compensation claim.