Whiplash at low speeds? Now Proven Science
A recent article published by Technology Associates discusses the true possibility of injury in low speed rear-end automobile accidents. The scenario that many people injured in an automobile accident encounter involves a rear impact collision at a red light where a driver’s vehicle is struck unexpectedly. Often times, there may be little or no visible damage done to the vehicles because of the new materials vehicles are constructed from and the new safety features like energy absorbing bumpers. Although, no visible damage or minor damage to the vehicle(s) are noted, the occupants of the car experience neck, shoulder, and back pain. Insurance Companies quickly label these type symptoms as fraud or minor impact cases and offer little to no value.
Whiplash in auto accidents occurs when a car is stopped and struck from behind. The real damage from whiplash occurs due to the sudden impact of the auto accident where a vehicle that is struck transfer the momentum to the occupants of the vehicle and their torsos are thrust forward. The occupants heads lag behind their torsos, for a small faction of a second ,which causes hyperextension of the neck. Then as the torsos recoil against the seat backs, the occupants head and cervical area of the spine are again moving in opposite directions. The effects of whiplash can be intensified by misplacement of the vehicle headrests. While an individual involved in an automobile accident may not have visible signs of injury, the overstretched ligaments of the neck most undoubtedly have been injured. Whiplash can result in permanent injury to an individual and can lead to chronic pain along with limitation of movement in the neck. People instinctively try and brace the neck and muscles in anticipation of an auto accident , however with whiplash, this is not possible due to the surprise nature of the force exerted upon the vehicle occupants body. It has been demonstrated time and time again that an 3G force impact to the rear of an automobile can cause whiplash. (see G-Force Chart Below)
Insurance Companies often discredit the effects of whiplash due to their non visible nature however that may not be as simple anymore. New scientific formulas are being used to help calculate the impact’s effect on the human body. Testing has shown that the maximum impact to a rear-ended car was amplified about two and a half times when it reached the heads of the occupants. This means that the force of the two cars colliding together was 2 ½ times stronger by the time is reached the vehicles occupants. The testing revealed the whiplash movement starts about ¼ of second post accident. These new formulas and testing results can better demonstrate force exerted on the body due to a low speed impact, thus aiding auto accident Attorneys in better serving their accident clients. Automobile accidents are stressful times in victims’ lives. At Daniels & Hannan, our Attorneys focus on the newest and best evidence in accident reconstruction and investigation to better serve our clients and aid in their recovery process. Please view our website at http://www.dhlawfirm.org for more details on how you can contact our Attorneys for a FREE consultation.
|EXAMPLES OF G-FORCE|
|Ultracentrifuge spins at||300,000 G|
|Baseball struck by bat||3,000 G|
|Soccer ball struck by foot||300 G|
|Automobile crash (80mph into wall)||100 G|
|Opening of parachute during free fall||33 G|
|Gravity on surface of Sun||27 G|
|Explosive seat ejection from aircraft||15 G|
|F16 aircraft pulling out of dive||8 G|
|Slow Impact Automobile Accident||3 G|