Insurance adjusters who pay out on claims settling claims for compensation are often skeptical when the victim is involved in a vehicle accident that happens at 10 miles an hour or less. However, low-speed impacts can cause serious harm to the victim, especially if they are injured by back or neck strains, joint problems or more serious spinal issues.
While high-speed vehicle collisions undisputed cause a great force that can lead to serious injuries and death, low-speed impacts can too. This is because most small compact cars weigh approximately 2000 pounds where a head-on crash occurring at 10 miles an hour can produce an impact force up to 3.5 tons. Larger automobiles can weigh 3000 pounds to 4000 pounds and produce impact forces ranging from 5.5 tons to 7.0 tons or more. This means that any significant blow to the back or neck of the argument involved in an accident can cause major medical problems.
Low impact rear end collisions are especially dangerous because they produce a “magnification of impact acceleration,” where the vehicle occupants accelerate at a greater rate of speed than the vehicle they are writing during impact. Because of that, the occupants tend to absorb more of the force involved in the collision than the vehicle.
Low Impact Crash Injuries
Scientific research can demonstrate the serious effects of low impact accidents on victim’s soft tissues including muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back and neck. Senior citizens with poor physical conditions or those with a pre-existing injury in the damaged area are highly susceptible to serious injuries during any type of automobile impact, even those that occur at low speeds.This is because the soft tissue can easily sprain and produce a complete or partial tear.
The position of victim when inside the vehicle and the effectiveness of the head restraints during impact can also determine the extent of the victim’s injuries. During a rear impact collision, the neck and back of the occupant are typically thrusted backwards and then thrown quickly forwards where the force will stretch the body unnaturally and produce effects that can last for many months or years.
Even a minimal impact to the back or spine and cause severe damage to the nervous system that results in disc herniation, transient impingement of ligaments or tissue inflammation. Sometimes, the apparent damage does not reveal itself until some other type of violent movement occurs to the nerve or disc that was injured during the original event.
Proving a Case
Many victims involved in a low-speed impact collision often find it challenging to seek financial compensation for their injuries and losses including their medical bills, lost time away from work, pain and suffering. This is because many automobiles are equipped with pliable bumpers that are designed to withstand collisions at low speed without any apparent damage.
In some situations, the vehicle can actually hit a stationary object and not display any obvious signs of damage even though the victims inside experienced severe injuries from the impact.Some accidents involve vehicles that crash into each other where bumpers are well aligned. Even though the impact causes a considerable force that jolts and injures the occupants, the vehicles might not display anything more than scuffed up paint or a small dent.
Seeking Financial Compensation
Often times, the victim must hire a skilled personal injury attorney who can build a case for compensation to demonstrate how the victim suffers real injuries, losses and damages. This often involves the assistance of doctors and other medical professionals who are familiar with the kinds of automobile injuries that can occur in a low-speed collision. These professionals can often demonstrate how the victim suffers chronic pain or long-term disability.
When an accident occurs, drivers tend to blame anyone else for a mistake they may have made on their own. Researchers know that eight out of every 10 motorists involved in vehicle accidents claim that other parties could have taken action that would have prevented the event from occurring. Only one out of every 20 motorists at fault for causing the accident recognize that they are responsible and no one else but themselves are accountable for the event.