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November Tips of the Month: What Happens
in a Motor Vehicle Crash?
In every crash there are 3 collisions
which occur at the same rate of speed the vehicle is traveling
The first collision
takes place when the car strikes another object.
The second collision,
or "human collision", occurs when the occupant of the car is
thrown against the interior of the car or another occupant
is thrown from the vehicle.
The third collision
occurs when the internal organs crash into each other or
into the wall of the body. For example, when you are in an
automobile crash at 35 mph your brain actually collides with
your skull at 35 mph. Other internal organs that can be
injured include ribs, spleen, liver, and lungs.