Cars are usually divided up into three main sections – the protected ‘cabin’ where the passengers and driver are and two crumple zones in the front and rear. These work by managing crash energy by absorbing it rather than passing it on to the passengers within the cabin. The way this works is by having what designers call ‘sacrificial’ parts of the car, deliberately weaker components which will crumple on impact and thus absorb the energy of the speed of the car or cars involved. As these parts are also lighter, the other parts of the car which must be strong to protect the passengers can be heavier and stronger whilst still keeping the weight down. Although this kind of designing has been in use for a great many years, there have been changes introduced to make it safer, with the Volvo side crumple zones being introduced in the 1990s and now known as SIPS (side impact protection system). Because most of the energy of a collision is absorbed by the crumple zones, if there is any left when it reaches the reinforced cabin, it is spread over a wider area and has less effect.
Shock can slow recovery
If you are unfortunate enough to be in a collision, then don’t forget to allow for the effects of shock in the days following the accident. Even if your injuries may be slight or if you have been lucky enough not to be hurt at all, the shock can make you feel quite unwell and is almost certain to interfere with your sleep at the very least. You should in any event consult a medical professional to check you over and don’t hide the symptoms of shock from them – it is a very real condition which will be taken seriously.
Accident Advice Helpline is here for you
After an accident you may be feeling a bit wobbly and stressed, but it is worth calling AAH as soon as you feel able, to see if you are eligible for a claim for compensation. Worrying about finances if you are unable to work will not help your recovery and our no win, no fee* system, of which our patron, Esther Rantzen, is justifiably proud, means that you don’t have to find any money up front. The experienced solicitors with whom we work will be able to see you through the process with very little input from you, so you can just concentrate on getting well.