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Crash Facts / Whiplash Statistics

Crash Facts

  • Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12 mph. 
  • Most cars withstand 8-12 mph impacts without vehicle damage.
  • More than half of all Low Speed Rear Impact Collision injuries occur without vehicle damage.
  • There is no correlation between vehicle damage and extent of injury.
  • The peak acceleration of the head is much greater than the peak acceleration of the vehicle.
  • A 5-mph crash typically produces about 10-12 g of acceleration of the occupant’s head.

Information provided by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego

Whiplash Statistics

  • More than 3 million Americans are injured by a CAD every year. 
  • The reported risk of injury in Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions is 35-68%.  The Japanese Auto Insurance Rating Association reports a 50% neck injury rate. 
  • About 10% of those injured become permanently disabled. 
  • “Minor” neck injuries account for up to 60% of all permanent impairment claims. 
  • So, for every 6 million occupants in Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions: 
  • About 3 million will be injured (about the population size of South Carolina).
  • About 1.5 million will have chronic pain (about the population size of Nebraska).
  • About 300,000 of these become disabled usually due to pain (about the population size of Wyoming).
  • Nearly half of all chronic neck pain in America is due to car crashes—mostly Low Speed Rear Impact
  • Collisions. 
  • About 9% of all Americans suffer from chronic neck pain due to Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions. 
  • Children are at 2/3 the risk of adults.

Information provided by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego

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