A Greensboro car accident can leave a person with serious injuries. Science has allowed us to understand what happens to folks in a car crashes and the way in which safety precautions can help lower or stop injuries. The lawyers at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth, and Olson have helped our clients deal with the aftermath auto crash injuries, and we’re here for you if you need us.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION?
In brief, Greensboro car accident injuries occur due to the movement of energy. Any time we move in a car or otherwise, we make kinetic energy. The faster we move, the more kinetic energy we make. Moving in a car at speeds of 50 miles per hour or more makes a huge amount of kinetic energy. Slamming on the brakes causes this kinetic energy to go away in the form of heat as the car slows down.
In a Greensboro Car Crash, however, that energy has not fully wasted away. Because the energy doesn’t have anywhere to escape, it is mainly absorbed by the vehicle. That is why cars are made in the way they are designed, to protect us from the blunt force of that energy in an crash. But in faster speed crashes, much of the energy is soaked up by the individuals inside the cars, and this may result in injury.
In a side-impact crash, all you have to protect you is the door and the door is maybe 3 inches or 5 inches thick.
This is why side-of-car impact crashes often are more damaging. With less stuff in the car itself to soak up the energy of the crash, the individuals inside soak up more of the energy than they ever might in a front of car impact crash.
INJURIES YOU MIGHT RECEIVE
For another reason why seatbelts are so crucial, think about this. Seatbelts are designed to cover the strong parts of your body – the pelvis and the chest. In a Greensboro car crash, these places soak up much of the energy and at the same time they are helping to protect your fat gut and organs inside your body.
However, even if a seatbelt is used, a crash at a high speed can still cause injuries, which could include:
- A broken leg
- A broken arm
- Damaged heart or lungs
- Damaged liver or spleen