Even though Illinois may not be one of the most dangerous states to drive in, car accidents are still quite predominant. You could suffer whiplash injuries that can tear or stretch the muscles and ligaments in your neck. So, let us look at how you can go about this type of injury if it happens to you.
Whiplash injuries and their symptoms
The foreign force that comes from hitting something or when someone hits you in a car accident could cause your head to suddenly move beyond its normal range, thus tearing or overstretching ligaments and muscles in your neck. You are likely to suffer the following symptoms as a result:
- Inability to move your head.
- A terrible pain in your neck that can extend down to your arms.
- Your hands and legs could also start to feel weak and numb for a few days.
The law and whiplash injuries
In Illinois, the law requires all drivers to obey all the traffic rules and drive with reasonable care. If a driver violates their legal duty and causes an accident, you can sue them to receive compensation for all the damages they have caused you. But first, you must prove their negligence by:
- Showing that the other driver was not driving with care; for example, they were under the influence or texting while driving.
- They failed to obey traffic rules; for example, they ran a stop sign or a red light.
- Then show how their actions led to your injuries.
It is important to note that Illinois follows the modified comparative fault theory. This means that even if the other driver is at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your contribution to the accident. In other words, what you did or did not do that also contributed to that accident.
To ensure that you are well compensated, and even your career is protected while you are nursing whiplash injuries, consult with an attorney to fight for your rights. Sometimes, proving fault and dealing with the legal system can be complicated. This is why one of the first people you should call in the event of an accident is your attorney.