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What happens when you're in a high-speed crash?

When you're in a car crash, a number of things happen to your body. You suffer an impact at sometimes incredible speeds, and the damage can be devastating. What really happens during a crash, though, and how could it impact your body?

It depends on the angle you hit. For a head-on collision with a stationary object, you're likely to hit at an angle. Since you don't normally hit squarely, that means that you'll continue to move at the angle of impact. The front airbag may not come out at an angle that is as helpful to you, which could result in more serious injuries.

Remember, when your vehicle stops, your body keeps going. Your seat belt is there to protect you, and without it, you could be ejected from your vehicle. Interestingly, even with a seat belt, you can be seriously hurt if you hit an object at the wrong angle. For instance, if less than 25 percent of your vehicle takes the impact, it's been shown that there is a much higher risk of a fatal injury.

That in itself explains why side collisions are more dangerous than head-on or rear-end collisions. Cars are designed to protect you from direct hits at a number of specified angles, but when you hit an object off-center, it's more likely that you or your passengers could be killed.

If you are involved in a car crash, the science behind the impact can help your case and show how you suffered your injuries. Your attorney can help you pursue the compensation you need.

Source: Road and Track, "Anatomy of a high-speed car crash," Michael Frank, accessed May 26, 2017

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