Facts about Whiplash

Common myths: Low speed rear impact crashes (LOSRIC) don't cause injuries injuries heal in 6-12 weeks Litigation...

Common myths:

  • Low speed rear impact crashes (LOSRIC) don’t cause injuries
  • injuries heal in 6-12 weeks
  • Litigation has an effect on the patient’s recovery
  • Greater vehicle damage=greater occupant injury
  • Accident reconstructionist can predict injury potential,

Crash Facts:

  • Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12mph
  • Most cars withstand 8-12 mph impacts without structural damage
  • More than half of all LOSRIC injuries occure without vehicle damage.
  • There is no correlation between vehicle damage and outcome
  • The peak acceleration of the head is much greater than the peak acceleration of the vehicle.
  • A 5 mph crash typically proiduces about 10-12 g oof acceleration of the opccupant’s head.