Your accident didn’t have to occur at a high speed to cause injuries. Although insurance companies are quick to question injuries resulting from slow-speed crashes, you can successfully recover compensation with representation from an experienced lawyer.
It’s common knowledge that speeding can result in motor vehicle accidents, some causing severe or even fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed 9,378 people on roads in the U.S. in 2018 alone. However, society has become so accustomed to equating serious and fatal car accidents with increased speeds that it ignores the fact that low-speed crashes can also cause injuries and damages. When it comes to receiving fair compensation for your injuries in a car accident, speed doesn’t matter. You need a knowledgeable Chicago car accident lawyer who knows how to prove your case, even though your accident occurred at a slow speed.
A slow-speed car crash typically refers to an accident that happens when traveling less than 10 miles per hour. They often happen in parking lots and residential areas or when traffic is coming to a stop. When a slow-speed accident occurs, the vehicles involved typically sustain little to no damage. Still, the human body may not be as lucky. Even at under 10 miles per hour, the person in the vehicle who gets hit often suffers serious injuries requiring the expertise of a medical doctor and a Chicago car accident lawyer.
It’s crucial to understand that slow-speed accident injuries happen upon impact and not necessarily because of the speed of the at-fault driver’s vehicle. Upon impact, the driver whose vehicle is hit accelerates faster than the vehicle causing the initial impact.
Although they can be associated with crashes at any speed, several injuries are commonly found in those involved in a slow-speed accident. These include:
Any of these injuries and others resulting from a low-speed car accident might require surgery, extensive physical therapy, and continued medical observation. Healing can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
An experienced Chicago car accident attorney knows how to prove these injuries occurred, even when the vehicles weren’t traveling that fast at the time of the accident.
Don’t brush any pain, soreness, or other symptoms off merely because your accident occurred at a slow speed. See a doctor and then call the skilled car accident attorneys at Malman Law today to receive your free no-obligation legal consultation. Dial (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form.
Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.
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