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Facts about Whiplash Injuries

Common Myths Crash Facts
  • 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
  • The patient’s pre injury psychological makeup affects recovery
  • Greater vehicle damage = greater occupant injury
  • Accident reconstruction can predict injury potential
  • Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12 mph
  • Most cars withstand 8 – 12 mph impacts without structural damage
  • More than half of all LOSRIC injuries occur 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

Reference: Spine Research Institute of San Diego

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