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Injury Facts Regarding A Low Speed Impact
Low Speed impacts are those that take pace at speeds under 10 MPH. Theres often little (if any) visible Property Damage done to the rear of ones motor vehicle. However, those who are struck (especially in the rear) do have injuries, especially neck injuries. The most common of them are identified as Whiplash.
The most contributing factors to Low Back Injuries is that the occupants cannot brace themselves nor force their back and neck against the seat or headrest. Most bumpers are built to withstand a low impact (with limited visible damage) but while there may be very minor property damage the body gets snapped around and the body sustains Soft Tissue injuries - - including bruises, plus chest and rib injuries.
Its been proved (beyond the shadow of any doubt) that while seat belts save lives they can also cause injuries! Since the introduction of Seat Belt Legislation the incidence of Soft Tissue Injury" has increased an astonishing 21%!
If one were to
refer to the Institute For Highway Safety (regarding their alleged Inside-Information
- - conducted via their Crash Test Dummy tests) they would read, Whiplash
is fairly rare. This is absolutely incorrect!
"Why", you most assuredly should ask.
The answer to that is, "Because their Crash Test Dummies are seated comfortably and erect, with all the proper equipment, seat backs, seat belts, and/or head restraints. However: Its highly improbable that any of us are ever in the Ideal Model Situation, when involved in a motor vehicle crash".
Body size plays a role in how severe an individuals injury can be. Tall people are at greater risk of Whiplash. This is because they are most likely to have head restraints that are too low to be of any help at impact. Individuals with less muscle mass (i.e. women, children and the elderly) pose a higher level of injury risk.
"How is that", you ask again.
The answer is, "Because this lowers their own internal protective mechanism".
And one should never forget that this phenomenon also applies to those with small bone structure!
VEHICLE DAMAGE: Older vehicles often suffer greater impacts but show less damage, than new cars. HOWEVER: Just because a vehicle shows little or no damage to the bumper does not mean the driver or other occupants did not suffer an injury.
Even though theres little, if any, Property Damage to be visually observed, and becomes a problem for (regarding your Personal Injury Claim with the insurance company youre dealing with - - because theres no Property Damage to be seen) there are 3 factors one ought to double-check.
THREE CRUCIAL FACTORS
Below I've listed the 3 most important and crucial factors one ought to double-check by hiring a "Professional" to observe (and then write a report on) to supply them with via their up-coming battle with the adjuster:
#1. Are there damages to the Bumper Mounts or Absorbers?
#2. A true Professional (by studying the marks on the Bumper Pistons) can estimate the amount of force received at impact.
#3. Also, that Professional must determine if the striking vehicles bumper slid over or under your cars bumper! (Even though there may have been little or no damage to your car, this proves you did indeed absorb a substantial crash)!
Too often the insurance adjuster (and/or their Superiors) will attempt to deny the possibility of an injury sustained at a low speed impact. However, recent in-dept research substantiates, just the opposite!
Although many times the motor vehicle shows little damage, the velocity and accompanying force had to be transferred somewhere and that would be to the unlucky occupant of the motor vehicle thats been crashed into.
YOU MUST NEVER FORGET: Motor vehicles are built to withstand these impacts. Your body is not!