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Texas car crash lawyerIt is late afternoon when you are sitting in traffic while on your way to pick up the children from school. The car in front of you starts to inch forward when, suddenly -- Bang! The car behind you lurches forward and crashes into the rear end of your car, sending your head flying forward and then suddenly back again. As you brush your hair out of your face and try to gather your thoughts, you scrunch your face up in pain as your hand moves to your neck, rubbing it as you look around, wondering what happened.

This is an all-too-familiar story for many victims of rear-end crashes. What likely occurred as a result of the above crash is an injury called whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that occurs to the soft tissues in the neck that is uncomfortable and can cause long-term issues. Luckily, the state of Texas allows you to seek compensation from the person responsible if you have been unjustly injured. If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention to determine whether or not you have been a victim of whiplash.

Understanding Whiplash

The motion that a whip makes when it cracks is very similar to the motion that your head and neck make during a whiplash injury, hence the name. Whiplash occurs when the head is very forcefully thrown backward and then forward, causing strain and damage to the soft tissues. A whiplash injury can cause damage to various tissues in the neck, such as the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves. The majority of whiplash cases occur just like the case above -- from a car accident. However, it is also possible to get whiplash from other activities, like sports. 

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