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Why Photographs of the Damaged Vehicle After an Accident Can be Misleading

By: Matthew Tievsky

It is a favorite and common defense tactic to show a photograph of the plaintiff's vehicle, which shows supposedly little damage, and then claim: "Aha! The car was barely scratched, which means this was a low-speed impact, and that means that the plaintiff was barely hurt (or not hurt at all)." Indeed, there is a field of science called "biomechanics," and certain of its experts claim that they can prove to a scientific certainty that an injury could not have happened given the apparently little damage to the vehicle.

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Yet there is practically no correlation between the damage to a vehicle and the injuries to the people inside. Cars are made of metal and are built to withstand impacts, but the same can't be said for human beings. For example, Michael Freeman, Ph.D., a forensic epidemiologist who is a professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, has performed numerous studies demonstrating that serious injuries are not only possible, but common, in collisions at low speed.

Victims can even suffer brain injuries from low-speed collisions; it is not even necessary for a victim to strike his/her head against an object, because the brain may collide with the inside of the skull in a collision. Dr. Freeman's work and the experience of millions of automobile collision victims demonstrate the need to drive carefully and avoid even low-impact collisions; as well as the fact that a collision that causes a little property damage to a car, can cause a great personal loss to the human beings inside.

If you want professional help evaluating your personal injury claim after even a low-impact auto accident, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.