Whenever you think of injuries caused by a car accident you probably think of a high-speed accident that might endanger the lives of all those involved. You probably don’t immediately think of a car accident that occurs while the car (or cars) involved are travelling at perhaps 10mph. Such accidents do happen though, and in some circumstances they can still lead to injuries taking place.
A low-speed car accident can potentially be dangerous if the car hits a pedestrian. For example someone might be walking across a zebra crossing and be hit by a driver who was not paying proper attention to what was going on around them. In this situation negligence could be proven to have been the fault of the accident.
Can a low-speed car accident still cause serious injuries?
Obviously if two cars are involved the answer is probably no, although every situation can be different. However if a slow-moving car hits someone on foot, that person could well suffer some nasty injuries.
The extent of the injuries would depend on how they were hit and whether or not they were able to brace themselves for the impact or stay on their feet. Clearly there might be cause to suspect serious injuries might occur.
Accident Advice Helpline has experience of dealing with claims from pedestrians who have been hit by a car or other vehicle. The speed of the accident does not always matter – what matters is whether the driver was negligent in their actions.
What injuries could be experienced in such a situation?
It is impossible to tell what kinds of injury might crop up in such an accident. Someone might be lucky to suffer only very minor injuries, especially if the car struck a glancing blow.
However if the car hit someone head-on they could suffer grave injuries that might put their life at risk.
Accident Advice Helpline could be in a position to help you if you have suffered injuries that have been caused in this way. Providing they happened within the last three years you might have a chance to claim compensation. We can give you the answers – just call us free of charge on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you can indeed make a claim.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen