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Q:
Can a low-speed collision still cause injuries?

A:

Most assuredly. In many cases, low-speed crashes (defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as impacts in which vehicles are traveling from 2–10 mph) can cause certain serious injuries at a greater frequency than higher-speed accidents. A vehicle with no visible, or only minor, damage doesn’t tell the whole story, as some insurance adjusters and defense attorneys would have you believe.

The brunt of the force of a low-impact collision is often absorbed by the car’s occupants. Low-speed impacts are a primary cause of whiplash, an unnatural, violent extension of the neck. Whiplash can damage the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck and shoulder, and may lead to a host of other complications. When we’re prepared for something, we can brace ourselves; low-impact collisions often hit out of the blue. Whiplash injuries may take months to heal or sometimes become chronic. Concussions, pinched nerves, back injuries such as herniations and disk ruptures, and spinal cord trauma are other consequences of low-impact collisions.

Click below on the CNN investigative report by Anderson Cooper on why insurance companies fight those minor impact cases.  As you might expect it's all about money rather than being in good hands or a good neighbor.