# Solving a Bumper Dent Mystery: Proving Force and Info Needed

• Fourteen
In summary, based on the information provided, it is likely that the force required to dent a chrome bumper is significantly greater than the force applied to the bumper in the accident. Additional information, such as the make and model of the cars involved, would be necessary to determine a definitive answer.
Fourteen
A car is at rest , the driver let's off the brake and hits car in front, the cars were 5 feet apart prior. No damage is apparent, later, front car claims back chrome bumper has dent. Is there a formula to prove or disprove the required force to dent the chrome bumper? What other info would be required?

There's no formula since it depends on the strength of the bumper.

Best way to fight this is to demand why it wasn't reported at time. If reported after leaving the accident, owner's case is greatly weakened. Well, unless you went to a collision reporting centre for assessment.

Could you find the force needed to dent a chrome bumper then proceed to calculate?

Fourteen said:
Could you find the force needed to dent a chrome bumper then proceed to calculate?
No.

What make? What material? (It is only chrome-plated) What thickness? What curvature? What angle? There are a million unknown factors.
Now you'd have to ask the same questions for the other car.

Hello all.

I am in great need of info and have a great ignorance of physics. So I am turning to you, the masses. (no pun)

Wife was hit by a car.

Details: 4 years ago... Insurance company are being pricks.
All paved lanes and dry conditions. 2 lanes going North and 2 lanes going South with a median in between.
Wife was taking a left turn to head South, so she crossed to the median area and stopped then looked to the right (North) for any oncoming traffic so she could pull out safely. Her car was not in line East and West, but was facing more in a South-Southwesterly direction due to needing to turn left. Car ended up aligned in Southbound lane, so her car followed the curve of her steering and came to rest facing South from facing in a Southwesterly position

Wife was at a stopped position. Vehicle driven Mercury Sable(3200 lbs.) Had seat belt on.

The person who hit her from behind in a Corolla(2800 lbs.) Collided with the right rear bumper of the Sable and pushed it fully into the South bound lane. ~20 feet. No airbags were deployed. So the Corolla was traveling at 10 mph.

Wife received disc injuries and permanent nerve damage and a 19% disability rating. State Farm has stated they are taking full responibility, but are offering \$3,000 due to being "low impact". BS. Medical bills, MRIs, medications, etc. are WAY MORE!
Summing up.

Wife's head was at 90 degree angle from facing forward when impact occurred at 10 mph. Car receiving hit 3200 lbs. Car colliding into wife 2800 lbs. Moved receiving car about 20 feet in a curved motion in about 2 seconds.Can anyone or multiple people please actually give me the necessary info/answers.
Lawyer meeting soon(again!)

How many pounds of force was she hit with? Gs? Please help me. I do not want us to get taken advantage of/screwed by lawyers and insurance company anymore than we have already been.

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## 1. What is the purpose of solving a bumper dent mystery?

The purpose of solving a bumper dent mystery is to determine the force and information needed to cause the dent. This can help in determining the cause of the dent and potential solutions for repairing it.

## 2. What is the scientific method used to solve a bumper dent mystery?

The scientific method used to solve a bumper dent mystery involves making observations, formulating a hypothesis, conducting experiments, and analyzing the results to come to a conclusion. This method helps to systematically gather and analyze information to solve the mystery.

## 3. How do scientists measure the force of impact on a bumper?

Scientists can measure the force of impact on a bumper by using tools such as force gauges, accelerometers, or high-speed cameras. These tools allow them to measure the amount of force applied to the bumper and the direction of the impact.

## 4. What information is needed to solve a bumper dent mystery?

To solve a bumper dent mystery, scientists need information such as the type of material the bumper is made of, the shape and size of the dent, the location of the dent, and any other relevant details about the vehicle and the incident that caused the dent.

## 5. Can solving a bumper dent mystery help prevent future accidents?

Yes, solving a bumper dent mystery can help prevent future accidents. By understanding the force and information needed to cause a dent, scientists can make recommendations for improving bumper design and safety features to reduce the likelihood of similar accidents occurring in the future.

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