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How Much Damage Occurs in a 30 MPH Crash?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident as a driver or passenger, you know that it seems to happen at lightning speed. This is even true with accidents in a 30 MPH crash. Within the very short and compressed timeframe of a collision, there are three separate stages that occur, each of which include a particular type of damage. A vehicular crash at this speed has the potential to include significant vehicle damage as well as inflict serious personal injury to the passengers. For information on the three stages that occur in a 30 MPH crash, read below.

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1. Vehicle Collision

The initial stage of the collision involves the vehicle impact and its subsequent deformation. As the vehicle collides with another vehicle or object, it begins to deform and decelerate. This deformation is a design characteristic that is meant to absorb energy from the crash and thus, help protect the lives of the vehicle’s occupants.

In a 30 MPH crash, the first instant of contact until the vehicle comes to a complete stop can occur in one-tenth of a second. This is the first stage of the crash and involves significant vehicle damage, i.e., crumpling of the front end of the vehicle in the case of a frontal collision.

2. Human Collision

As the vehicle crashes into the object and slows down, the vehicle occupants continue to move forward at the same speed and direction they were moving prior to impact. Inertia will continue their movement in the direction of the impact point until something stops their movement, such as an airbag, seatbelt, window, or dashboard in the scenario of an unrestrained occupant.

Thus, it is vital to always be buckled up while in a vehicle and to have deployable airbags. Without any restraint on the individual moving forward in a 30 MPH crash, the subsequent injuries due to impact and crushing upon the individual can be devastating. The vehicle involved in a 30 MPH impact may slow down to a complete stop in just a few hundredths of a second. An occupant who is unrestrained will, of necessity, absorb the energy of this impact upon their body. On the other hand, a seat belt will absorb much of this energy and can minimize, or even possibly eliminate, injuries to the body.

3. Internal Collision

The third phase of a 30 MPH crash can be the most devastating for a vehicle occupant. As the vehicle and its occupants decelerate, the body tissues and organs within each individual inside the vehicle continue to move toward the impact point of the collision. This occurs due to inertia despite the fact that the forward movement of the body itself is slowing down. In many cases the only obstacles to stop the forward movement of internal organs are the bones, other internal organs, or the skull.

Internal injuries due to a 30 MPH crash may not be evident to the injured individual or others at first. However, this third phase of a vehicle collision can damage organs such as the heart, brain, spleen, kidneys, and liver and can result in serious bruises or tears.

Injured in a 30 MPH Crash? An Experienced Lawyer Can Help

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident due to the actions of someone else, we can help. Our highly experienced attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can review the circumstances of your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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