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Motor Vehicle Crash Myths
"I can't be injured because there isn't that much damage to my vehicle."
This is a myth fostered by auto insurance companies. A lack of property damage to vehicle does not necessarily equate to little or no bodily injury. It is not the speed of the oncoming vehicle that determines the amount of injury that occurs, but the change of speed that occurs in a person's head, neck and body. This can be affected by numerous factors such as the seat back, head restraints, bumper and vehicle size. Scientific research performed on live human test subjects by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego have shown that low speed rear impact collisions can cause whiplash injury even without any visible property damage. This has been documented with compelling video footage. Many rear bumpers have been designed to withstand an impact of 5 to 10 mph without showing any cosmetic damage.
"I'm safe because I drive a big SUV."
There is a degree of truth to this statement, but it is still a myth. Yes, a larger vehicle is safer because there is more room to crush and crumple than in a smaller vehicle. Therefore an occupant will absorb less energy from the collision than if they were in a small vehicle. The aspect of larger SUV type vehicles that is less safe is their reduced maneuverability and braking ability. Because of their larger size and weight, it is more difficult to evade a dangerous situation and avoid a crash. There is also the increased risk of rollovers with SUVs and larger vehicles because of their higher profile and stance off the ground.