What happens if you get caught in a low speed car accident?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Although there is a tendency to believe that the more noticeable or significant the visible damage to a vehicle, the more severe the injuries to the occupant, this is not always correct. This mistaken belief is closely related to the idea that a person cannot be injured in a low-speed traffic accident.

In an article published by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the author analyzes the existence of a clear correlation between the material damage visible in a vehicle after an accident and the severity of the injuries suffered by its occupants. The conclusion of this research was that the amount of visible damage is not necessarily directly proportional to the severity of injuries to vehicle occupants, so it is unreasonable to assume that property damage will be a reliable predictor of injury risk. or the legal outcome of the incident.

A low-impact, or low-speed, car accident can occur in a number of circumstances. The most common circumstances for this type of accident are the following:

  • Collisions during stops and starts
  • Collisions caused by changing lanes in traffic
  • Rear-end collisions in slow traffic
  • Accidents in school zones, including school bus accidents
  • Collisions in or entering or exiting parking lots
  • Four-way stop collisions
  • Accidents in pedestrian areas, including crosswalks

Despite what an insurance company may tell you, injuries in a low-impact car accident can be serious and require proper medical treatment to avoid not only the pain of the injuries, but also more permanent consequences.

Although there is an ongoing debate about the importance of visible damage to occupant injuries, there is no doubt that today’s vehicles are safer thanks to crash zones designed to absorb and disperse the force of an impact. Despite this, the lack of collision damage to a vehicle usually means that the force of the impact has been transferred to the vehicle’s occupants, often causing fairly serious injuries.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.