Low Speed Collisions: Why Your Body Hurts So Much
Rear-end impacts at speeds as low as 5 miles per hour can cause significant head or neck trauma, requiring treatment. In fact, because high-speed impacts can break the seat back, removing a significant cause of neck hyperextension, whiplash injuries are actually more common at low or moderate speeds than at high speeds.
Furthermore, because of the structure of modern vehicles, more of the force of impact sustained in a car accident is transferred directly to the vehicle occupants at lower speeds than at high speeds, because the vehicles don’t begin to absorb this force until they reach 15 miles per hour or faster.
In addition to these back and neck related symptoms, other common car accident injuries include brain and head trauma, broken bones and soft tissue bruising, and leg and knee wounds. If you believe you’ve sustained a car accident injury, it’s crucial that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Denver car accident treatment specialist, Dr. Michael Schnider has extensive experience treating the most common injuries resulting from low speed impacts. To schedule a free consultation, please call us today: (303) 758-9000.