The rear impact collision is the least fatal type of auto accident, accounting for six deaths per one million registered cars. However, these types of collisions are the most common type of auto accident, with approximately 2.5 million rear impact collisions occurring each year.
The rear bumper system is an important safety feature; however, over the last two decades automakers have developed and installed increasingly less reliable rear bumpers. While a quality rear bumper is capable of compressing upon impact and absorbing the force of a low speed collision, lower quality bumpers tend to be less absorbent, sending the brunt of the impact to the occupants. Furthermore, rear bumpers are designed to handle only a five-mile per hour rear collision when many rear impact collisions occur at much greater speeds. Many of today’s bumpers are designed more to protect the car rather than the occupants.
Many insurance companies believe that if a vehicle sustains little or no visible damage, then the vehicle’s occupants must have emerged unscathed. This is not necessarily the case. Each day we learn more about the potentially serious physical consequences of low speed, rear impact collisions. While the car may be designed to handle the low speed impact, the human body is not. Whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained in low speed, rear impact collisions.
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