When you are involved in a motor vehicle crash that involves a "minor impact" with "soft tissue" injuries you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster that may try to shame you by saying that a small amount of damage to the vehicles means that there is no way someone could have sustained serious or permanent injuries from such a crash. In truth, there are many factors that need to be considered to determine whether a person may or may not experience serious or permanent injuries when the vehicles in the crash need only minor repairs. One of those factors includes the direction that the cars crashes into each other. Side impacts increase the risk of injury to those in the vehicle when it is hit, for example, in a "t-bone" type crash. Another factor to consider is the size and age of the individual. An older more petite female will be more susceptible to whiplash injury than a younger and physically strong male because of the strength of their muscles in their neck region. Also, the size of the vehicles involved in the crash and the amount of energy transferred from a larger vehicle to a smaller vehicle is important. The occupants of the smaller vehicle will experience a greater amount of energy that will cause their bodies to react more violently. Finally, if a person has a previous injury or condition to his or her body prior to the crash, for example an injury to his/her neck, then that person will be more susceptible to injury in a low speed impact crash. Therefore, when you see a small amount of damage to a vehicle, don't assume that the occupants to the car could not have suffered permanent injury – there is much more involved in evaluating potential permanent injuries to the occupants of the vehicle.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle crash or was a pedestrian or bicyclist injured by a vehicle, call Mountain View Law Group for a free evaluation of your case by an experienced attorney.