With low speed impact personal injury cases we often hear the insurance company’s lawyer argue that the rear end collision was at low speed and didn’t cause much damage to the car, so my client couldn’t have been injured. We often hear victims ask if this is correct? Not at all!
Severe injury can occur even at low speed and when vehicle damage is minor. We have seen bad injuries happen from parking lot speed collisions. Personal Injury Lawyers handling these cases have to understand anatomy and physics. Impact speed and change of velocity of a struck vehicle aren’t good gauges of whether a person was hurt despite insurance company arguments to the contrary. Despite years of testing with dummies and with real people in crash tests, researchers have been unable to establish a threshold speed for injury. For example, some people have spines that are weaker from prior injury or age. Also, the angle of the collision, how the person was positioned in the vehicle at the moment of impact, and countless other variables exist.
Independent Researchers have established that injuries can occur at speeds of between 1 and 2.5 miles per hour. How can this be? How the vertebra in a neck or low back move in relation to each other is far more important than speed of impact or damage to a car in determining damage to a person. Peak acceleration in one direction in the lower neck may occur at a hundred milliseconds into the collision, but in the upper neck it might occur at eighty milliseconds. That means that shear forces are generated, and that can spell big trouble for a person’s spine.
Testing has indicated that in a rear impact numerous different forces are exerted at the base of the skull. Similar forces at every other part of the spine, as would be expected, indicate that a person hit from behind would be subjected to hundreds of forces applied in less than a half second. Now, you have a better understanding why low speed impacts can be very damaging.
If you have been told by someone that you could not have been injured and you know better, your next call should be to the Law Office of Guenard and Bozarth. We deal with the results of low speed collisions, we know what to look for and We Can Help! Call our office at 888-809-1075 or visit us online at http://www.gblegal.com