There are many factors that can alter the results of a car crash. A high-speed crash can lead to more severe injuries and seat belt use can be the difference between life and death. But what can you do to prevent injuries that happen with a rear-end collision that you didn’t see coming?

Whiplash happens when your neck moves rapidly forward and backward, and the impact can lead to back and neck pain that may limit your range of motion. While recovery can be quick for many, some whiplash cases result in chronic pain. Thankfully, there are a couple ways you can attempt to prevent the common whiplash injuries often associated with a rear-end crashes.

Raise or lower your head rest

One way you can try to dodge or lessen whiplash injuries, is by properly adjusting your head rest before each drive you take. The goal is to position your head rest to support your head when subtle or abrupt movements cause it to move back. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should move your head rest so the top of it meets somewhere in between the top of your head and the top of your ear. Be sure that if you angle your head rest, it is still very close to the back of your head, it isn’t pushing your head forward and your head isn’t pushing the head rest down as you lean on it.

Remember anyone can become a crash victim

You can also prep for a rear-end collision by fixing your posture and looking at your rearview mirror. Sitting upright may help ensure that your head lands on your head rest if your car takes a hit. And to prevent any kind of accident, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings on the road, including keeping an eye on cars driving behind you.

Trying to increase your safety behind the wheel is a cheap price to pay to avoid living a life with a consistent pain from an incident that only lasted a few seconds. But if a reckless driver catches you off guard, a personal injury attorney can help you seek damages necessary to treat whiplash injuries.