I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a patient tell me that they were just in a “little” accident. They really don’t feel there’s a need to get an examination because there wasn’t really much damage to their car.
The thing is, it doesn’t matter! All the current research is very clear on this subject.
The damage to vehicles caused in collisions is NO INDICATION of the extent of the injuries imposed on the passengers.
As a matter of fact, it makes more sense that the less damage is done to your car, the more damage may be done to your body.
That may seem odd at first, but it actually makes a lot of sense. When you are sitting in a car that is rear ended, according to the laws of physics the force coming from the other vehicle has to go somewhere. It doesn’t just disappear. If your car suffers significant crumpling, then your car actually absorbed the impact and spared your body and neck. If your car didn’t crumple and there wasn’t much damage, then all that force gets transferred directly into your body, and that can mean much more significant injuries for you.
Unfortunately, cars are actually being built to be more ridged these days because auto dealers know that you don’t want to pay a lot of money for repairs. The problem is, all that force is going somewhere and what you save on car repairs you will spend on repairing your body.