More people are injured in low-speed (less than 20 mph) car crashes than in high-speed crashes.  This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is true.  The reason is because during a high-speed wreck, the vehicle(s) will absorb a large portion of the forces- this is when the vehicle(s) get crumpled.  In common “fender benders” when little to no crumpling occurs, most if not all the forces are transferred through the vehicle(s) to the driver and any other occupants.  The magnitude of forces is usually greater than what the human body can withstand, thus resulting in injury- most commonly to the neck, spine and shoulders.  These injuries are often obvious, such as neck/back pain, headaches and muscle spasms.  Other not-so-obvious effects of wrecks include anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, dizziness, mood changes, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and many, many more.

If you have been in ANY type of auto accident you need to see a medical professional trained to evaluate auto-related injuries.  Only then will you be able to know the true extent of your injuries.  Call 503-235-7130 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hartwig today!

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