Have you ever wondered what really happens to your body during a car accident? Did you know that most severe car accident injuries happen at speeds that many wouldn’t consider dangerous? Yes you read that right - you don’t need to be speeding to get seriously injured.
While most modern cars are designed to absorb the impact of a car accident, it’s important to understand the basics of what really happens when you come to a sudden halt as a result of a car accident. While driving, your body and your car have a certain amount of kinetic energy created by the motion. When you suddenly stop, your car is designed to absorb most of this energy from the impact, however, your body will still be forced into motion - usually stopped through impact with your seatbelt or another part of your car.
Frontal injury is caused when you continue moving forward after the impact. This can be force into your seatbelt, steering wheel or even your dashboard. If you are wearing your seatbelt, you will still have frontal impact into it - and while it is designed to save your life, it can still leave you with an injury.
Common injuries caused by your seatbelt include broken or fractured collarbones, broken ribs or even a punctured lung. If your seatbelt is not worn correctly, injuries can be more serious including massive internal injuries.
Frontal impact and injury can also be caused by your airbag. Your airbag is designed to push your head and body backwards. However, due to the force that your airbag exerts when deployed, injuries can occur. Such injuries can include temporary or even permanent blindness, facial injuries or even neck and spinal injuries.
But what happens when there is a cabin intrusion as a result of the accident? It can happen that parts of your vehicle can collapse and be forced into the cabin.
And besides these frontal impacts, rear end collisions, side collisions and rollover accidents are all types of accidents that can cause a lot of harm to the occupants of the car.
All of these types of accidents involve the transfer of kinetic energy to either the car or to yourself - and the latter leaves you open to injury.
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