Low impact is usually a good thing. Low impact exercises are easier on our joints and bones. Low impact living means less of an environmental concern for our day to day activities. Low impact keyboards help with carpal tunnel and other medical issues. But with car crashes, even low impact can be highly dangerous.
Low impact car crashes are usually associated with lower speeds, and it is high speed wrecks that most people are most afraid of. But cars weigh thousands of pounds, and when thousands of pounds collide with thousands of pounds, significant force is generated no matter how slow the cars were going. Low impact car crashes are only low impact compared to other car crashes. They are still very high impact, and there is still a high chance you will be injured if you are in one.
High speed and high impact car crashes are most associated with significant trauma injuries, but low speed and low impact crashes still cause a number of injuries. The most common injuries suffered in a low speed crash include:
- Whiplash injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Head trauma
Many people who are involved in a low impact car crash just assume they weren’t hurt, but all too often the full weight of the injuries doesn’t become apparent for days, weeks, or even months. Whiplash injuries can take a long time to manifest, as the damage to the joints, tissues, and muscles can be masked by the human body on a short-term basis. Even broken bones are not always readily apparent right after a crash occurs.
If you have been involved in a low impact car crash, or if someone you know has, it is important that you keep all your options open. Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company, and make sure you leave open the possibility that injury has occurred even if it isn’t immediately apparent. If you have any questions about how to proceed, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process.