A study comparing gender in whiplash injuries concluded: “This population is more likely to be injured under whiplash loading”. Women are also more likely to suffer chronic (long lasting) symptoms from such accidents even with low-speed impacts. A study found that once injured, women are between 2 to 2.3 times more likely than men to have chronic symptoms.
It only takes a small force to cause injury to the lower neck, which is partly why even very low speed accidents cause injury. It seems counter-intuitive but before damage occurs in a car accident, the car getting hit remains relatively stiff and much of the energy from the collision goes into accelerating the car and the occupant(s) forward (causing the whiplash injury). Once the car getting hit starts to crumple much of the energy is spent bending or breaking parts on the car rather than Continue reading The Great Paradox: Car Accidents and Whiplash
So you approach a red light and traffic is backed up father than you expect so you brake a bit hard to stop. Unfortunately the person behind you is caught off guard, does not stop in time and hits your car!
Not very hard, mind you, but enough to startle you with a jolt and push your car a foot or two forward. You get out, check for damage, and find that the bumpers worked amazingly well and there is no damage save a smudge or a scratch on your bumper. Two days later you star getting headaches or neck pain that does not just “go away”. You may find it hard to believe that Continue reading No Damage to Your Car, No Injury? – Think Again