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crash facts/whiplash statistics

Crash Facts / Whiplash Statistics

Crash Facts

  • Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12 mph.

  • Most cars withstand 8-12 mph impact 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 the extent of the 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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