How can I hurt so much when my car is hardly damaged?

September 26, 2017

Vehicle Damage v. Passenger Injury:

 

 

“The amount of damage sustained by the car
bears little relationship to the force applied. To
take an extreme example: If the car was stuck
in concrete, the damage sustained might be very
great but the occupants would not be injured
because the car could not move forward,
whereas, on ice, the damage to the car could be
slight but the injuries sustained might be severe
because of the rapid accelerations permitted.”

 

Ian Macnab
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of
Toronto
Chief of Division of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Wellesley Hospital, Toronto.
“Acceleration Extension Injuries of the Cervical
Spine” Chapter 10 in THE SPINE by Rothman
and Simeone.
WB Saunders Company
1982
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