- December 18, 2015
- In automobile Accident
It is a common misconception that you cannot get injured or hurt in a low impact accident. Not only is this a mistaken belief amongst automobile accident victims, but also falsely reiterated by insurance adjusters. Unfortunately, low impact accident victims who are not represented by a personal injury attorney may believe this, especially if it comes from an insurance representative.
The truth is that property damage to a vehicle is neither a valid indicator of acute injury risk nor of symptom duration of a motorist or passenger. As such, if you have been involved in an accident and have been hurt, it is best to immediately consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights, regardless of the extent of damage to your vehicle.
Correlating Crash Severity With Injury Risk
As much as insurance companies want to believe that there is a correlation between crash severity and injury claims, there simply is none. According to a study conducted by the highly recognized and universally accepted team of Croft and Freeman, property damage is an unreliable predictor of injury risk or outcome in low velocity accidents.
The study concluded, as based on acceptable scientific research and statistical assessment of the results, that many different factors should be considered, including: risk, injury severity and duration of lasting symptom. Croft and Freeman further concluded that property damage should not be used as the only or a valid predicator of acute injury risk or indicate the duration of any injuries sustained by the victims. Insurance adjusters and their defense medical examiners do not like to use the results and conclusions provided by the Croft and Freeman study because it runs contrary to what they believe and what they have been attempting to convince the public for years.
Don’t Settle For Less
Insurance adjusters are trained to dismiss or play down any injury claims in low impact accidents – whether valid or not. It is important that you realize that regardless of the extent of your property damage, if you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you are entitled to compensation. Do not let the insurance companies bully you into believing that you do not deserve compensation just because your car was not “sufficiently” damaged.
This is why it is important to consult with and hire a car accident attorney who specifically handles low impact accidents to handle your claim. An experienced low impact accident lawyer will know how to approach the insurance adjuster to ensure that you obtain the full compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.
Consult with a Low Impact Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a low impact car accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced low impact automobile accident attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.
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