Whiplash after a car accident can happen.

image of man holding head from whiplash after an accident

One of the minor injuries you may suffer in a motorcycle crash is known as whiplash or soft tissue injuries in the neck and shoulders. Whiplash tends to happen mostly in rear-end collisions, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you can walk away from your motorcycle crash with whiplash and other minor injuries, consider yourself lucky.

It is common for motorcycle accident victims to have broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or severed limbs.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

After your motorcycle accident, you may start noticing the symptoms of whiplash within 24 hours, which are similar to those of concussions.

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Tenderness in shoulders and upper back
  • Difficulty and pain when moving your neck

Thankfully, many whiplash injuries repair themselves without medical intervention. Few whiplash injuries will worsen due to pre-existing or injuries that developed due to the motorcycle accident.

Diagnosing whiplash

The first step to properly diagnosing whiplash is visiting the emergency room after your crash. If you did not go to the emergency room, visit your primary health provider as soon as possible. We always recommend that you visit the emergency room immediately after the crash. All too often, hours after the crash, symptoms appear that you could already be receiving treatment.

The doctor will begin with testing how easily you can move your neck and shoulders. They will likely check your range of motion and ask you about your discomfort while moving. If there are signs of more severe injury, they may order an MRI, CT, or x-ray testing. Sometimes testing will reveal muscle tears or signs of a traumatic brain injury.

doctor holding a clipboard sharing the recovery plan with client after an injury from an accident

Lawsuits for whiplash after a motorcycle accident

Within a couple of months, many people make a full recovery. Thankfully this means that you can get back to living your life. However, it may reduce how much you could receive in a personal injury lawsuit. When you file a lawsuit, you ask the other party’s insurance and your own to cover your medical bills now and those you could have in the future.

However, for some people, whiplash is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to motorcycle crash injuries. With a large majority of motorcycle accidents ending in death, you’re lucky to have minor injuries. While an injury may look minor, like whiplash at first, it may be masking more destructive injuries. Whiplash can hide neck and spine injuries that may never recover. It is always a good idea to check with a lawyer before accepting the insurance company’s offer.

A lawyer can ensure that you receive money to cover your medical bills and lost wages until today. A personal injury lawyer can also ensure that you project any costs into the future.