No Vehicle Damage = No Injury. Right? Wrong!

Car crashes with little or minor vehicle damage  were once thought that if the car wasn’t damaged much then the occupant shouldn’t be injured. Right?

Very Wrong!

In fact, many researchers have specifically looked at this problem, and have found that there is no relationship at all between the amount of damage a car received in a crash and the amount of occupant injury.

  1. Minor vehicle damage may mean that there was very little impact, but it also could simply mean that the vehicle was very rigid and the energy of the crash was absorbed by the car’s occupants. In this post on the myth of low impact collisions we show a crash with very little vehicle damage can actually be more dangerous than one with extensive damage.
  2. Bumpers are designed to protect cars — not people. Here’s a great video that explains how stiffer bumpers are “better” — but only for repair bills, not your neck or body!
  3. Sometimes insurance companies will use an “accident reconstructionist” to “calculate” how severe a particular crash was. In this article, we show how low speed collisions are too complex to estimate after the fact.
  4. Studies have found that in some patients, ligament damage can occur, even in minor impacts.

Watch the video here.

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