- posted: Apr. 20, 2016
Although it’s the big crashes on interstate highways that get most of the media attention, many auto accidents actually occur at very low speeds of 10 miles per hour or less. There are unique challenges associated with the aftermath of these collisions, as people who complain of neck or back injuries are likely to meet more opposition and skepticism about the legitimacy of their claims.
This skepticism is often unfounded, as there is still a tremendous amount of force involved in a low-speed accident. The average car weighs around a ton, so if the vehicle is traveling at 10 miles per hour, physics tells us the resulting blow will result in a force of more than three and a half tons. That is a significant impact to a person’s back or neck, especially when that individual was not bracing for the impact. The occupants of the vehicle will accelerate forward faster than the vehicle itself, which means they absorb most of the force when a low-speed collision occurs.
A crash can worsen existing conditions
A great deal of research has shown that low-impact accidents can have a major effect on a person’s soft tissues in the neck or back. This is especially true for elderly people or individuals who have preexisting conditions. If you have such a preexisting condition, you should demonstrate to the insurance agent handling your claim how your condition has worsened since the crash occurred.
As with any type of accident case, your success hinges on the evidence you collect. You should make sure to carefully keep track of all your medical records and obtain expert testimony from a physician, if needed. Your personal injury lawyer can assist with these efforts.
For the skilled legal guidance you need after an auto accident at any speed in Maryland, meet with the experienced La Plata attorneys at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.