Whiplash: Watch Low Speed Impact

Low Speed Impacts Proven To Cause Whiplash Injury

It is a common misconception that low speed rear end collisions do not cause injury to the neck. Research since the mid 1990’s has demonstrated that the rear impact causes the vehicle to accelerate forward, moving the hips and upper body to move forward UNDER THE HEAD until the forward moving head rest strikes the back of the head, causing a rebounding forward. This mechanism causes a shearing affect and injury in the discs and joints of the mid cervical spine.
Other Facts:
  • A 4 MPH impact produces 5G’s of force in the occupants neck. This the same amount a fighter pilot experiences.
  • A 2 MPH increase, to 6 MPH, produces 9G’s of force: almost double. Thus a minor increase in speed significantly increases the force impacting the occupants neck.
Watch the video below and see how this injury to the neck actually happens!
If you have been involved in an auto accident, not matter how minor it may seem, you may have suffered an injury to your neck. The best action you can take for yourself is to get checked out. Call us today at (314) 731-4383 or Click To Call us!


As a 1984 graduate of Life Chiropractic College, Dr. Martin Schmaltz has years of helping those who have been injured in auto accidents. He has extensive training and study in how the injury happens as well as the specific treatments and documentation to help his patients. He has a great working relationship with many attorneys in the St Louis area and is know for his detailed notes and diagnosis of the injured patient.