When you are involved in a car accident in Georgia, a chain reaction of events happens to your vehicle and your body. Understanding what happens can help you to be more aware of why you were injured or why you suffered certain injuries in the crash. According to The EMT Spot, you suffer from three types of impacts in an accident.
The first is when the vehicle hits another object, such as another car or a tree. The second occurs when your body hits something in the interior of your vehicle, such as your seat belt, the steering wheel or an air bag. The final one happens as your internal organs hit your bones and other supporting structures inside your body.
As each impact occurs, damage is caused. Obviously, the first impact will cause vehicular damage. Your car may be crushed, scrapped or dented and lights and windows may be broken. With the second impact, your skin is often the most affected as it may be cut, bruised or punctured. The third impact is not seen, but the damage can be major. You could suffer a concussion when your brain slams against your skull. Your spleen could be damaged as it hits supporting structures. You could even suffer heart damage when the heart connects with the sternum.
In all accidents, the major factor that will determine how much damage is done in all three impacts is speed. Simply by reducing your speed, you can decrease the severity and possible occurrence of injuries in an accident. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.