One of the scariest type of car accidents you can get in involves getting hit directly from the side. This is particularly dangerous because when getting “T-boned”, the affected driver and passengers rarely see the impact coming. Let’s take a look at the logistics that go into a side impact car accident and the injuries that are typically associated with it.
Though motor vehicles have gotten much safer over the past years, being involved in a side impact collision is still one of the most dangerous situations possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is more likely for an elderly driver to experience an injury than a teen or middle aged driver, but this is particularly true when it comes to side impact crashes, particularly when it occurs on the drivers side.
The implementation of side impact airbags in most vehicles has helped cut down on the injuries and death associated with these types of accidents, but according to the NHTSA, the best way to reduce the chances of getting severely injured is to wear your seatbelt. Seat belts significantly reduce injuries in side impact crashes, regardless of whether the car rolls over or not.
Another huge factor that plays into the severity of these collisions is the type of vehicle involved. In other words, you are at a much higher risk of being seriously injured if you are hit by someone in a larger vehicle such as an SUV or a truck.
Unlike head-on collisions, there is little to no protection during a side impact crash. The door airbags can help a bit, but there is no natural protection on the sides of a car such as an engine compartment that exists in the front. Studies show that the front of the vehicle can absorb 5x as much energy as the side of a vehicle during an impact.
According to the NHTSA, the most severe injuries happened from left-side impact accidents, or the driver’s side. Typically the injuries were located on the head and chest, with less less severe injuries occurring lower on the body and face. Studies further showed that the likelihood of a chest injury in these types of impacts increased with the driver’s age.
The most common types of side impact injuries included:
Whiplash and other neck injuries
Because injuries from a side impact are typically located on the upper body, it is important to consider the fact that this is where most vital organs are located in the body. Due to this, 40 percent of these crashes result in serious life-threatening injury.
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