By Staff Attorney
Every time you drive or go for a ride in a vehicle, you are subject to Newton’s Laws of Motion. Newton’s First Law states that a vehicle’s speed and direction will remain constant unless acted on by an external force. Impact from an external force, like another vehicle, can cause serious bodily injury and damage to your vehicle. The extent of the injury/damage depends on the magnitude of the force and the location of the impact. Modern cars come equipped with bumpers, airbags, and other safety features to mitigate the effects of impacts by extending the deceleration period during a crash and thus reducing the force on drivers and passengers inside the vehicle.