Low-speed accidents can occur virtually anywhere. Whether you were driving in a residential area, in a parking lot or even sitting in traffic on a highway. Oftentimes these low impact accidents are called “fender benders”. This is because when involved in a low-speed accident, your bumper or fender takes the brunt of the impact.
Believe it or not, a low impact accident can cause a lot of damages and because bumpers are not created to withstand any impact. Therefore, these damages can become costly and even more aggravating to fix. On top of body damage to your car, your body can also sustain injury. If you have been involved in a low-speed accident, call a Baltimore personal injury attorney.
What are “low-speed” crashes
A low-speed crash is typically characterized as having a speed limit of under 15 miles an hour. There is oftentimes a stigma around low-speed crashes, such as they are rare to occur and people don’t get injured from them. However, that is false. Low-speed crashes can occur when backing out of a driveway, in a parking lot, when in stop and go traffic and a variety of other situations. Just because low-speed crashes may not cause as much body damage to a car, they can be just as equally difficult to deal with when filing paperwork.
Statistics for Low-Speed Crashes
According to a study conducted by AAA Foundation, as the speed increases above 15 miles per hour, the fatality rate substantially increases. Furthermore, the death rate more than doubles when a pedestrian is struck with the car traveling about 25 miles per hour. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that for speeds less than 30 miles per hour almost 80% of the accidents occurred in urban areas. So, if you are involved in a low-speed accident in a residential or business area, where the speed limit is normally 25 miles per hour, your risk of substantial injuries increase.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a series of low-speed crash tests to assess the amount of damages that were sustained. In many of the small cars, the damages added up to about $4,000 per accident. Even some of the best-performing cars sustained over a $1,000 worth of damages. Many of these tests were conducted at 6 miles per hour or less striking a wall.
In reality, you and the other will both be driving faster than 6 miles an hour when involved in a low-speed crash. That is a combined speed of over 12 miles per hour when the cars strike. This could cause a series of injuries.
Damages in Low-Speed Accidents
When you are involved in a low-speed accident, oftentimes it is your bumper that takes the brunt of the damages. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the purpose of bumpers is to absorb the energy in low-speed collisions. However, that may not always happen depending on the angle of impact. Low impact collisions can still cause thousands of dollars to fix.
However, even if there is little damage to the cars that doesn’t mean that you didn’t suffer injury as well.
Low-Speed Accident Injuries
Unlike high-speed accidents, when people hear low-speed accident, they may try to dispute the extent of injuries sustained. However, victims involved in low-speed accidents are also at risk to be injured, just like anyone else involved in any type of accident. When a 2,000-pound object strikes another, there is bound to be a residual force causing injury. There are certain types of injuries that are commonly sustained.
When you are involved in a low-speed car accident, just like any other accident, you can be jolted forward causing whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the neck and is characterized by a number of symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. The symptoms of whiplash can last a year or longer depending on the severity of the injury. If you were in an accident and suffered whiplash you may suffer far into the future.
Soft tissue injury
Soft tissue injuries are damage to muscles, ligaments, or tendons throughout the body. These types of injuries can occur by spraining a ligament due to overextension, bruises or straining a tendon or muscle. These types of injuries can cause extensive pain throughout your body including soreness, swelling and feeling stiff. If you have incurred soft tissue injury due to a low-speed accident, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Chest injuries often occur due to seatbelts holding your torso to the seat. Even though it is doing its job, you can suffer injuries such as a bruised chest or broken ribs. These types of injuries, if severe enough, could impede your breathing capabilities. If you have suffered chest injuries, let a Baltimore personal injury attorney get you the compensation you deserve.
When we talk about physical injuries, we mean contusions, lacerations, and abrasions. A contusion, also known as a bruise, is injured tissue or skin, in which a blood vessel has been ruptured. A laceration is a deep cut or tears in the skin. Lacerations can occur on any part of the body and can occur from things like glass shattering upon impact. Essentially an abrasion is a scrape of the skin. All of these physical injuries can cause pain and can all vary in severity.
When proving injury in a low-speed crash, you must prove the same elements as in any other accident. There must be a breach of duty, injury, and causation that the accident causes the injury.
Contact an Attorney Today
Were you or a loved one involved in a low-speed accident? Did you sustain damage to your car or injuries to your body such as whiplash? Do you feel alone in handling the entire process of medical bills and insurance companies? Well, you don’t have to. Come in for a free consultation with a Baltimore personal injury attorney to discuss how we can help get you funds for your injuries.