Ever watch a stock car race on television and witness a devastating crash,
then see the driver walk away virtually unharmed? That is because one
of the many safety measures in these vehicles is the energy absorption
capabilities when the car is crushed. So if the car absorbs all the energy
after being crushed, then the occupant often does not.
If a car does not crush during impact, then most of the force upon collision
is transferred into the occupant. In fact, more energy is transferred
into the occupant due to the springs and cushions of the seat, creating
a slingshot effect and launching the occupant forward. Injuries can occur
this way since the seat belt and shoulder harness clinches down on the
occupant as he or she moves forward, often resulting in whiplash.
The following are the common risk factors that increase the likelihood
- Rear impact crashes are the most likely type of collision that results in injury
- Females are 50% more likely to suffer injuries in a car accident compared to males
- Lack of awareness of the impending accident can lead to more severe injuries
- Having your head or body turned upon impact
- Having poor head restraint geometry
In conclusion, do not base the extent of your injuries compared to the
damage to the vehicle. The opposite is, in fact, true, supported by both
physics and literature.
If you or a loved one are involved in a crash with little or no damage
to the vehicle, don’t assume everyone is uninjured. Some injuries
take time to develop, even days or weeks after the collision occurred.
If you are interested in rehabilitative therapy after a
contact QualCare Rehabilitation and meet with our Houston car accident doctor.