Yes, low-speed accidents can lead to the same soft tissue (muscle, ligaments, tendons, and disc) that high-speed accidents cause. A study conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine analyzed over 100 U.S. minor rear aligned crashes between passenger vehicles where the change in speed was less than 10 miles per hour.
What the study found was that 113 occupants of the vehicles struck in the rear-end low-speed collisions were diagnosed within five weeks post-crash with 427 injuries resulting from being struck from the rear at less than 10 miles per hour.
The majority of the injuries diagnosed were to the cervical spine area at 29.7% of diagnosed injuries. The lumbar region accounted for 23.2% of injuries with the 3rd largest area being the thoracic region at 14.3% of diagnosed injuries.
It’s important that you speak with a physician following a car accident regardless of the speed of the collision. Call Dr. Huffman at 866-402-4250 anywhere in the state of Florida 24/7 to discuss your injury case or contact us online. The phone call is FREE and may help you access medical care should you need it days and even weeks after the car accident.