Minor car crashes are common for Maryland residents. Most minor accidents result in very little damage to either the car or the occupants. However, injuries can occur in even minor accidents.
Suddenly being thrown forward and backwards during a rear-end collision is a major cause of whiplash. The American Chiropractic Association describes whiplash as a sprain of the neck. In the violent whip-like motion caused by the car being jolted, the neck is forced through a movement that can tear ligaments and muscles. Symptoms of whiplash are localized pain and difficulty in moving the neck. Many individuals also experience headache and dizziness.