It’s Doctor DeCubellis here. When you’re in a car accident and there’s very little damage to the car the train of thought is that there can’t be any damage to the person.
Now, this could not be further from the truth. Just because there’s little or no damage to a car does not mean that the person inside could not have been injured.
Current studies show, damage to a car has little to no impact on any damage that could be done to the actual person with any kind of injuries. And it makes a lot of sense, but I want to break it down in a very logical, simple explanation.
Let’s say there’s a rear-end collision, it’s very low speed. We get out and look, and the bumper is dented, right? Now we’ve got a metal bumper that has been dented. Think about how much force it took to dent that metal bumper. Now you’re telling me that amount of force that could dent this metal bumper is going to be transferred through the car into that person. And we have potentially like a whiplash or something like that. That force did not have any impact on soft tissue, like a muscle tendon or ligament.
It doesn’t make any sense. If you see a dent in metal, which is stronger than all of those things inside our body, that force has traveled into the body. Just like physics says, we can not get rid of energy is just displaced or push through something else. So that force is being pushed through your body. There is a potential for an injury there, but if you don’t look for it, you’re not going to be able to find it.
So I hope that makes a little bit more sense, but the damage to the car has no relationship to the potential injury that you may have had.
So that’s why it is always important to get checked out because the sooner you find something, the better results you get and the less likely it becomes something long-term or permanent.