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Myths vs. Realities of Accidents

  • Myth: Car accident injuries are usually in proportion to the amount of damage done to a vehicle.

    Reality: The truth is that there is no proven correlation between extent of injuries and actual vehicle damage. Significant trauma to the body can occur inside a vehicle that endured only a minor collision and shows only a dent or two. Studies have shown that neck injuries can result from accidents that happen at speeds as low as 5 mph!


  • Myth: Men and women are equally as likely to suffer a neck injury in a car accident.

    Reality: Women are, in fact, more likely than men to suffer whiplash in a car accident. A recent study from the Umea University of Sweden evaluated a number of low-velocity car accidents and determined that women suffer whiplash more often than men. The difference was attributed to the way female drivers sit in cars, which is usually closer to the steering wheel and more vertical than male drivers.


  • Myth: If you donít have pain right after an accident, youíre probably fine.

    Reality: Many soft tissue injuries, and neck injuries in particular, are often not discovered for many hours after an accident. Giving the body time to recover from the initial shock of an accident can help determine and diagnose many symptoms that were previously unnoticed.


  • Myth: No immediate symptoms=no real whiplash.

    Reality: Just because an accident victim does not report immediate complaints of neck pain or stiffness following an accident, does not mean that whiplash has not occurred. The symptoms of whiplash can be evident immediately after an accident, or can manifest days or even weeks later, even for severe cases. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that requires careful diagnosis and whiplash injury can exist even if MRIs and x-rays do not indicate that trauma has occurred.


  • Myth: Using a hands-free device like Bluetooth minimizes cell phone-related car accidents.

    Reality: Many states now require the use of hands-free devices for cell phones with the intention of reducing the number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Recent studies indicate, though, that the real risk associated with talking on a cell phone while driving is linked to the distraction caused by the act of talking itself, whether or not a hands-free device is used. To play it safe, do not talk and drive!


  • Myth: Most accidents donít really happen within 5 miles of home.

    Reality: This claim may sound like an urban legend, but statistics prove time and again that the majority of car accidents really do occur close to home. Over-familiarity with the streets near home can lead drivers to bypass certain traffic precautions, skip the seatbelts and not notice things like new stop signs in their neighborhoods, all of which can have devastating consequences.


  • Myth: Car accidents cause whiplash, not lower back pain.

    Reality: Some people think that neck pain is the most common car accident injury for low-velocity crashes, but lower back pain is a prevalent complaint, as well. Lower back pain is likely to result from a car accident because many accidents, especially rear and side-impact collisions, cause the spine to twist abnormally, putting stress on the joints where the pelvis and spine meet.

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There are many misconceptions about car accident injuries that often are used as evidence in court or as deciding factors in insurance claims. Understanding some important facts about car accidents can help accident victims advocate for their own rights and speak with authority to insurance claim adjustors and law enforcement.