Minimum Accident Speed to Cause Injury

Studies that have used live humans have shown that a motor vehicle accident of as little as 5 mph can cause a cervical (neck) injury.  However, other studies have shown that vehicles can often withstand crashes of up to 10 mph or more without sustaining damage, which means you can sustain a neck injury with very little or no damage to your vehicle.

Time for Symptoms to Present

Symptoms associated with injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents were previously thought to present themselves immediately following the accident.  However, multiple research and case studies now clearly demonstrate that a delay in presentation of symptoms seems to be the standard.  Furthermore, delay in symptoms does not eliminate the possibility of severe injury.

Number of Disabilities from Automobile Accidents

Researchers have determined that approximately 10 percent of all individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident become disabled.

Symptom Resolution Statistics

Multiple research studies have shown a significant number of individuals to experience symptoms for many months and even years after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  One study showed 75 percent of individuals experienced symptoms 6 months after the accident.

Another study, published in the European Spine Journal, found that between the first and second years following a motor vehicle accident more than 20 percent of these individuals actually had their symptoms worsen.

Number of Annual Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Safety Council (NSA), there are more than 12 million motor vehicle accidents annually including more than 20 million vehicles. This results in over 5 million nonfatal accidents annually of which approximately 2 million are disabling injuries including approximately 1 million work-related auto disabling injuries.

Injury Severity in Motor Vehicle Accidents

A 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that approximately 28 percent of occupants in motor vehicle accidents incur minor to moderate injury while 6 percent incur severe to fatal injuries.

Likelihood of being Involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident

The US Department of Transportation predicts that the normal driver will have a near automobile accident one to two times per month and all will be in a collision of some type on average of one every 6 years.

Annual Costs of Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to a report released back in 1993, the total costs for motor vehicle accidents in the US was over $333 billion in 1988.  We can only imagine what it is today.

Who Pays for Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Accidents?

According to the Insurance Research Council,

  • 63 percent of injuries are paid by the injured individuals own automobile insurance company
  • 55 percent of injuries are paid by the auto insurance company of another vehicle
  • 36 percent of injuries are paid by health insurance
  • 20 percent of injuries are paid by government programs
  • 19 percent of injuries are paid workers' compensation insurance
  • Almost 60 percent of those injured reported to have used 2 or more sources of payment.


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