Reasons Why Your Whiplash Injuries May Be More Severe or Longer-Lasting
Rear-end accidents are an everyday event on Kentucky roads. Whether or not you walk away from a crash feeling fine, or are still suffering from the effects weeks or months later, can vary dramatically from crash victim to crash victim. A team of researchers from Sweden sought to help answer the question of what types of rear-end crashes lead to long-term or serious injuries for victims.
Historically, studying what sorts of accidents cause injuries in vehicle occupants has been problematic to do accurately. Either researchers would need to conduct experiments in the laboratory using dummies, allowing them the ability to accurately measure the speed and forces in a crash but without being able to use a human subject, or they would need to study crashes involving humans which had already occurred on streets, forcing them to estimate the cars’ speeds and force after the fact. Nevertheless, with the prevalence of event data recorders, researchers may now use information the car automatically stores after a crash, alongside victim medical records and interviews, to study the effects of accidents on vehicle occupants. Event data recorders, installed on nearly all new vehicles, are constantly monitoring sensors located throughout a moving vehicle, noting the car’s speed, acceleration, and braking, among other factors. When the car experiences an impact that causes the airbags to deploy or nearly deploy, the event data recorder will permanently store information provided by those sensors.
The Swedish research team mentioned above obtained data from a car insurance carrier, which had gathered event data recorder information from hundreds of customers’ vehicles after they were involved in rear-end crashes. Using this data, along with the occupants’ medical records and reports, researchers sought to determine what factors were present in crashes where the car’s occupants were diagnosed with more serious whiplash-associated disorders, or where those occupants suffered longer-lasting symptoms. The researchers determined that the more that both the change in velocity and mean acceleration increased—in other words, the more severe a crash—the more likely the car’s occupants would experience long-lasting whiplash symptoms. Researchers also noted that women were more likely than men to experience immediate whiplash symptoms.
If your or a loved one have been injured in a Kentucky rear-end crash, contact Georgetown personal injury lawyer Jeremy Mattox for a free consultation, at 502-867-6766.