A Question of Impact and Damaged Components

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Let's assume this is hypothetical...and may need to be in a different forum... but I am just looking for advice, maybe I am being too critical or perhaps not critical enough to get the proper inspections and repairs.

Assume my 2016 Chevrolet 1500 (2419kg) was struck by a vehicle of mass 1458kg. The situation was the right front quarter panel of the vehicle traveling approximately 40mph, no declaration prior to impact (<1.5s from impact to full stop), struck the rear driver's side wheel of my truck, not a glancing blow, direct impact. My truck was moving about 10-15mph as I had just accelerated trying to avoid the collision. I figure the force was about 17,000N (doing head math and I sustained a concussion so it's likely faulty)

My concern is that the impact from the vehicle to the rear wheel did more than cosmetic damage to the rim. The rear axel was binding when I moved from the road way in to a parking lot, could have just been the brake caliper was stuck, but I am concerned, rightly so or otherwise, that the amount of force applied to the rear axel and suspension components was enough to cause premature failure of brakes, shocks, leaf springs, axel, or differential.

Thoughts?
 

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This type of problem is best handled by having a specialist look at the truck. Every body shop has an estimator who is trained to look at damaged vehicles and identifying what needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced. In your case, the first thing they will look at will be the truck frame. If the frame is damaged, everything else is minor stuff.
 
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This type of problem is best handled by having a specialist look at the truck. Every body shop has an estimator who is trained to look at damaged vehicles and identifying what needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced. In your case, the first thing they will look at will be the truck frame. If the frame is damaged, everything else is minor stuff.
I appreciate the feedback. Unfortunately the adjuster is pushing the schedule and directing traffic, to the point that the body and bed have been repaired, vehicle is in paint, and they haven't checked the frame, alignment, or suspension.

I will push for those items to be addressed, as i think they need attention. Looking for opinions that im over reacting or the impact deserves attention.
 
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Asking questions of strangers on the Internet who have not examined the car is not a good strategy. I agree with @jrmichler , if you want a second opinion hire a mechanic to inspect it and render an opinion.

And since vehicle safety issues might be involved, that is an even stronger reason why PF should not offer casual opinions. Thread closed.
 

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