Most car accidents that occur in Chicago during traffic are at relatively low speeds. This increases during the winter when ice makes it hard to stop at even low speeds.
Even so-called low-speed collisions strain the body beyond the range of force that it’s designed to withstand.
A low-speed collision that results in a velocity change of about 6 mph can subject your body to nearly 3 g’s of acceleration. That’s three times the normal force of gravity—and from a direction that your body is not designed to withstand it. A velocity change of 10 mph is the equivalent of an 8-foot fall, such as off a low roof. While it’s certainly possible to avoid injury in that situation, it’s also possible to suffer potentially serious injuries.
Common Injuries in Low-Speed Car Accidents
If you are wearing your seat belt during a low-speed car accident, you should not strike anything in the passenger compartment, so you should avoid broken bones (although some people suffer cracked ribs from seat belts). Instead, the most likely injuries you will suffer include:
- Neck strain—“whiplash”
- Jaw injury
- Knee strain and other tendon injuries
- Coup-countercoup brain injury, resulting in headaches, dizziness, and vertigo
- Back strain
These injuries may take several days to manifest themselves, but when they occur they can have long-lasting repercussions.
Your Risk of Injury in a Low-Speed Car Accident
A person’s individual risk for injuries in low-speed car accidents is highly variable, depending on your age, weight, height, gender, physical fitness, and posture when driving.
In addition, defective design or manufacture of your vehicle may increase your risk of injury. Factors that may increase your risk of injury include:
- Head rest design
- Bumper design
- Bumper mismatch
- Low overlap crash design
- Airbag inflation or failure to inflate
If you suffered an injury in a low-speed collision, we can check to see whether a vehicle defect may be partly responsible.
Contact Willens Law Offices to Receive a Free Consultation from an Experienced Attorney
To discuss your personal injury, medical malpractice, car accident or wrongful death case, call our Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys today at (312) 957-4166 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Initially, we will listen to you and offer you guidance. We see this initial FREE consultation not only as a way for us to get to know you, but also for you to better understand who we are and what we can do, so you can feel comfortable making the decision as to which law firm to hire.