As a driver in California, the roads you traverse every day can be filled with unexpected dangers. While most people are worried about crashes that occur on the highway or at high speeds, what about crashes in residential areas? Do low speed crashes still have the ability to cause you harm?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. FindLaw examines some of the most common injuries associated with car crashes. Many of them can happen regardless of how fast your car is going at the time of impact. For example, some of the areas that see the highest rate of injury are the chest and back. You can hurt these areas quite easily. For example, the strain of your seatbelt can cause intense bruising or sprains even at low speeds.
Head and neck injuries are also seen quite frequently. Whiplash is one of the most common forms of neck damage. Whether or not you are susceptible actually has more to do with where your car is hit, rather than the speed at which you were hit. Whiplash can occur any time you are hit from behind, no matter how fast the involved cars are going. People have experienced whiplash even from incidents where the cars were going below 15 miles an hour.
Though people may be more willing to write off crashes at lower speeds, they can still be just as harmful to you. Ensure you seek proper medical attention and if you suffer from injury, consider contacting an attorney to look into compensation options.