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How Does a Car Accident Affect the Body?

Young woman sits in the driver's seat of her car clutching her neck in pain

As you know, car accidents can be seriously devastating for all involved. What you might not know, however, is how a car accident can affect your body.

First things first, it’s important to understand that there are three separate impacts when a crash occurs:

  • The impact involving the vehicle
  • The impact involving your body
  • The impact involving your internal organs

This understanding is often referred to as the three collision concept.

The Three Collision Concept

The First Collision - Vehicle

The first collision occurs as a result of the vehicle colliding with another object, such as a telephone pole or another car. Most modern vehicles are intentionally designed to smash easily so that the vehicle absorbs most of the force of the crash before it can reach you.

The Second Collision - Human

The second collision occurs when you’re going in the same direction and speed as your car until it comes into contact with an object that forces the forward motion to stop. This is why seat belts are so important to wear at all times. If you’re not wearing a seat belt, your body won’t stop moving until you meet another object such as the steering wheel or windshield.

The Third Collision - Internal

The third collision occurs when your internal organs move toward the point of impact. In a crash, your internal organs may continue moving even after your body has stopped.

In contrast to the other two types of collisions, it is nearly impossible to predict what kind of injuries you may sustain in a car accident. After a crash, you may outwardly appear unharmed, but you might have endured internal injuries that you are unaware of. High-speed wrecks can easily result in any of the following injuries to your solid organs:

  • Bleeding
  • Ruptures
  • Fractures
  • Tears

We’re Here for Your Support

Getting injured in a car accident, especially one that wasn’t your fault, can be extremely frustrating and painful. If this has happened to you, it’s in your best interest to seek legal assistance right away. Don’t delay—contact our office right away so we can answer any questions you may have.

Call the skilled attorneys at Wallace Pierce Law today at (919) 887-7892 to discuss the details of your case.

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