Minimum Accident Speed to Cause Injury

Studies involving live humans have demonstrated that a motor vehicle accident of as little as 8km/h can induce cervical (neck) injury. However, other studies have shown that cars can often withstand crashes of 15 km/h or more without sustaining damage.

Time for Symptoms to Present

Symptoms arising from injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents were once thought to present immediately following the accident. However, research and clinic experience now demonstrate that a delay of symptom onset seem to be the norm. Also, delay of symptom onset does not eliminate the possibility of severe injury.

Number of Disabilities from Automobile Accidents

Most experts have found that 10% of all motor vehicle accident victims become disabled.

Symptoms Resolution Statistics

Many studies have found a significant number of individuals o be symptomatic for many months and even years after a motor vehicle accident. In one such study, 75% of individuals remained symptomatic 6 months after the accident.
Another study, published in the European Spine Journal, found that during the period of time between the first and second years following a motor vehicle accident, 20% of people had their symptoms worsen.

Number of Annual Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Safety Council (NSA), there are more than 12 million motor vehicle accidents anually involving more than 20 million vehicles. This results in over 5 million non-fatal accident annually of which approximately 2 million are disabling injuries including approximately 1 million work-related disabling injuries.

Injury Severity in Motor Vehicle Accidents

A 1990 National Highway Safety Administration study reported that about 28% of occupants in motor vehicle accidents incur minor to moderate injury, while 6% incurred severe to fatal injuries.

Who Pays For Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Accidents?

According to the Insurance Research Council,
  • 63% of injuries are paid by the injured individuals own auto insurance company
  • 55% of injuries are paid by the auto insurance company of another vehicle
  • 36% of injuries are paid by health insurance
  • 20% of injuries are paid by government programs
  • 19% of injuries are paid by worker's compensation insurance

Many car/auto victims contract "soft tissue injuries". Your soft tissue injury is something that many diagnostic exams cannot detect. This is what makes them so dangerous. It's like a small paper cut that never heals itself and gets worse. You need to be sure your body has not received a soft tissue injury, even if you've gotten an x-ray.

Most doctors recommend pain medication after someone experiences an accident. Of course, some pain medication may help, especially if the pain is unbearable. However, for long-term healing and recuperation, it can become your worst enemy and have many unwanted side effects. When you take medication, you numb yourself. Your mind may feel everything is ok, but the underlying problem still exists. You feel ok temporarily but then months later the body and soft tissue injuries can feel worse. This takes away from your quality of living.

Believe it or not, some people who experience accidents have pain and still avoid getting treatment. This strength and courage is admirable, but the pain will still exist!!

They think ...

  • My pain will go away
  • This medication seem to be helping
  • It was just a fender bender!
  • I'm in pretty good shape, I'm just happy I survived!

Don't make these excuses.

These are some common motor vehicle / automobile accident symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Headaches that feel like eye aches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling in any area of the body
  • Any back pain or stiffness whatsoever
  • Stiff neck
  • Squirming in your sleep
  • Unable to get to sleep sometimes
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Mentally depressed
  • Unable to concentrate