Even though not occurring at speed, a low impact collision can still cause serious injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries are common in low-speed collisions, and some of these injuries have long-term consequences.
While it always imperative to seek immediate medical attention after an accident, that is especially true after a low impact collision. In a serious accident, most victims realize they need to go to the emergency room. That is not necessarily the case with those involved in “minor” car accidents. Some of the injuries associated with low-speed collisions may not appear right away. Documenting the fact that you were in a car accident is crucial to your claim.
Low Impact Collisions
It happens all the time. One car rear ends another in a parking lot or while backing up. Most fender benders do not result in serious injuries or damage to the vehicles, but there are exceptions. Low impact collision injuries can end up as chronic conditions.
Those recovering from low impact collisions may find themselves unable to work, care for their families, or engage in normal activities.
Probably the best-known injury associated with low impact crashes, whiplash gets its name from the way the head and neck move after a rear-end collision. The fast backward and forward motion resembles the cracking of a whip. The rapid action strains the neck’s muscles and tendons.
Whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Loss of range of neck motion
- Blurry vision
- Mood swings
Most cases of whiplash resolve within a month. However, some people may experience impairment for months and even years after a whiplash injury. That is especially true of older low impact collision victims or those with prior neck or back problems.
The impact’s force could make a car’s occupant hit their head, resulting in concussion. A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury. Most concussions heal within three weeks, but repeated concussions can result in disability. Suffering a second concussion before a previous concussion heals may prove fatal.
Concussion symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
A temporary loss of consciousness may occur after a concussion.
Other injuries that may result from a low impact collision include:
- Broken bones
- Slipped discs
Spinal cord injuries, causing paralysis, usually occur in higher speed collisions, but they do sometimes happen in low-speed crashes. Every accident and the way the vehicle occupants’ bodies respond is different.
Contact a New York and New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were hurt in a low impact car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you need the services of an experienced car accident lawyer for Rockland and Bergen Counties at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C. Arrange a free consultation by calling or texting 24/7, or submitting our online form.
Our dedicated attorneys work on a contingency basis, so there is never a fee unless you receive compensation.