Motor Vehicle Injuries

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide. It is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 29. Some of the ways to prevent motor vehicle related injuries include wearing helmets and seat belts while driving and reducing drinking and driving behaviors.


Whiplash is the most common motor vehicle injury or an injury due to a motor vehicle accident. It is a neck injury caused by forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement, similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash usually occurs from a rear-end motor vehicle accident, but the injury can also result from physical abuse, sports injury, or other trauma.


Symptoms of whiplash typically appear within 24 hours of the accident. These may include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion in the neck
  • Pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

When Should You See a Doctor?

Call a doctor if you experience neck pain or any other symptoms of whiplash following a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or other trauma. It is important to quickly and accurately diagnose the issue and determine whether there may be fractures or tissue damage that are contributing to the symptoms.