LOW-SPEED FRONTAL IMPACT

Accidents occur daily and low-speed crashes are particularly common. Sometimes, the injuries claimed do not appear to be consistent with the calculated forces experienced by the occupants of the vehicle. In one such case, a vehicle traveled through a school parking lot and was impacted by a school bus traveling out of its parking lane at a low speed. The vehicle received minimal damage. The driver claimed cervical and lumbar spine herniation and traumatic brain injury as a result of the mishap. ARCCA’s biomechanical expert reconstructed the crash and determined the forces applied to the occupant. The biomechanic then scientifically evaluated the mechanisms required to cause the claimed injuries. A personal tolerance level evaluation was also established to determine pre-collision tolerance levels and evaluated the activities of daily living each claimant was exposed to prior to the impact. It was determined that no mechanism existed to produce the claimed injuries in this accident.