Minimal impact collisions cause very little to no damage to your vehicle, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do severe damage to your body. When you hear about a car accident and see that the vehicle shows very little or even no signs of damage, it is natural to assume that the person sitting inside that vehicle could not have been injured. This causes many people to accuse accident victims of faking injuries because it is difficult to understand how a collision that doesn’t hurt the car can hurt the passenger or driver.
The fact is you can be injured severely in minimal impact collisions. Your vehicle doesn’t have to be traveling fast for your body to suffer intense pressure and jolting that leads to whiplash. The car doesn’t have to be lying in the ditch in a three pieces for your body to feel like it was jerked apart or thrown through the windshield.
This may not be something everyone understands on the level of basic logic, but it is the reality based on extensive research into minimal impact collisions.
How Strong is Your Vehicle?
When you think of your ideal vehicle, what features do you think about? If you are like most people, you want a car with a strong body that can withstand the pressure of force exerted in an accident. You don’t want to pay the huge repair bills that result from body damage after an accident, so you want a strong frame that is going to take a lot more pressure or force to damage.
You may even make the mistake of assuming that you are safer in a very strong car built to withstand damage in an accident. You feel that if the car can go through minimal impact collisions without being injured then your body should do the same, right?
This is actually completely wrong! Studies have shown that vehicles which hold up best without a lot of damage in minimal impact collisions produce more force on the passengers inside the car. While the force of the accident is not very likely to cause structural damage to the vehicle that would force an insurance company to declare it totaled, the immense force felt by the humans inside the car could cause intense pain and damage for a long time to come.
The force escaped by your vehicle is essentially thrust upon you! This is how minimal impact collisions can leave a vehicle with barely a scratch while causing rather substantial damage inside the body of the vehicle’s occupants.
Are You Getting Uncomfortable?
It is discomforting to realize that you could suffer more substantial injuries from minimal impact collisions than you ever thought possible. When you are in a car accident you get out of the vehicle, look around, and are naturally relieved if you see that your vehicle is still in one piece and hasn’t suffered a lot of damage. It gives you a sense of comfort that you also will come out okay.
The problem with this is you are enjoying false comfort. There still is a risk that you could sustain whiplash from the accident regardless of the shape your vehicle may be in. The opposite is also true, since many people walk out of accidents without any injuries at all while their vehicles are destroyed.
While it can be difficult to convince a jury of your peers or even one impartial judge that your injuries were sustained from a low speed accident which did not damage your vehicle, this doesn’t erase the fact that it happens all too often.
Understanding the Danger
This line of thinking that a collision with minimal vehicle damage should result in minimal or no body damage is downright dangerous. When you see your vehicle in perfect condition or with only minor body damage, you are more likely to ignore that tingling in your arm or the ever-so-subtle ache in the back of your neck. You have that false sense of security that you also will suffer little to not damage.
This is dangerous because it could cause you to say “no” when you are asked if you need medical attention. It could leave you confused and shocked when you are suffering from severe pain in a few hours or the next day. Now that you know minimal impact collisions can lead to substantial injury, you should never turn down medical attention after a car accident and never equate the level of damage to your vehicle to the level of damage you should experience with your body.
This article is considered general information only; please consult a medical professional concerning your specific condition.