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Study Finds Acceleration in Rear-End Accidents Causes More Serious Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 31, 2011

A study cited by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) found that, even more than speed, acceleration that occurred during a rear-end car crash was more likely to cause serious whiplash injuries to those riding in the rear-ended vehicle.

The study examined 207 different rear-end crashes that had occurred in Sweden over a number of years. Each accident involved vehicles that were equipped with motion sensors, now a common feature in cars, which recorded the speed and direction of travel of each vehicle when the crash occurred. The sensors also measured whether the vehicles were speeding up, slowing down, or traveling at a constant rate of speed at the moment of the accident. Read the rest »

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