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On 10-31-13 my 22 year old son was involved in a serious high speed read end accident.He was sitting at a red light when hit by a Toyota SUV going between 45-50 MPH.

My son's airbag did not go off (maybe they are not designed to go off when hit in the rear?)

but even worse he hit the steering wheel and cut his forehead open. He ended up in the hospital where he required 21 sutures to close his laceration. We have hired a law firm as the woman that hit him was sick and should not have been driving. Heres the kicker- We were advised that a lawsuit against Ford would be very expensive and could drag on 5-6 years.

My son did not obtain life threatening injuries so it is not an option to file suit against Ford.

I contacted Ford yesterday to report the incident and I spoke with Julie who was very nice and took all the accident information from me and advised that she would be forwarding the information to the legal department. I was advised that I should be hearing from them in about two weeks via mail. I discussed the fact that my son purchased his very first new car and just recently moved into his first apartment and now he is missing work and is very concerned that he is not going back to work for at least two weeks. He was seen yesterday my a Dr and was informed that he has a serious neck and back injury.

How does this happen with a brand new car? My son could have been killed in this new car. My son did everything right, had a seat belt on and he still was seriously hurt. He paid around $20,000 for this car 11 months ago, has made 11 payments at just over $4000, put $1500 down and owes $17,400.

The insurance company is going to pay off just about $14,500 so he is $3000 negative on a car that could have got him killed.

Lets see what Ford Motor Company is going to do to make this unfortunate situation better.Will keep posting updates.

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Anonymous
Chula Vista, California, United States #1022418

Air bags do not go off in read end accidents, as the censors for the bags depend on frontal or side impact. No car has rear sensors for air bags. You should be suing the driver, not complaining about Ford.

Anonymous
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States #964958

This is an old post and I'm sure the OP has settled with the driver who hit her son long ago.However, I felt compelled to comment anyway.

First and foremost I am happy that there were life threatening injuries. I hope the OP's son had a quick recovery.

With that said, I find the OP's opinion of the car and quick intent to file suit against Ford utterly outrageous. I am an insurance adjuster and I commonly see the litigious side of society.

While my job is to protect the interests of my company and our shareholders, a facet of my job is making sure policyholders are treated fairly, with respect, and that claims are settled in a quick and efficient manner in the best interests of those involved. Insurance is a tool to make you "whole" meaning that if pre-accident you drive a vehicle worth $14,500 I need to compensate you what your vehicle was worth.

The OP states that her son was sitting stationary at a stoplight and was hit from behind by a Toyota SUV. While she does not identify the SUV in question, based on the photo it can be discerned as a first generation Toyota Highlander (2001 - 2007).

This vehicle has a curb weight of a little over 4,500 pounds when fully equipped. If the vehicle were traveling at a speed of 45 - 50 MPH, based on the laws of physics, that would be around 594,000 foot pounds of force slamming into the back of the Focus.

The picture of the Focus is limited and a bit dark, however it appears that the...

For this particular crash, this Focus responded superbly.

I do question whether or not the Toyota Highlander was in fact going 45-50 MPH. The damage to the Focus is not consistent with being hit by 297 tons of force. If I were to make an educated guess, I would estimate the Highlander's speed at 28-32 MPH.

I of course have nothing other than my years of experience to base this on.

Another serious question is the use of the seatbelt. While I accept the OP at face value that her son was in fact wearing a seatbelt, however the seatbelt pretensioner should have fired initially taking up any slack in the belt and then slowly "feeding" out the belt webbing for a controlled movement of the driver. Contact with the steering wheel should have never occurred.

Regarding the value of the Focus, based on the photo it is evident that the vehicle has plastic wheel covers. With plastic wheel covers, this would make this model a Focus S or at the most, a low-level equipped Focus SE. Based on the book value of the Ford Focus on 10/31/13, I would say that the value offered of $14,500 exceeded CCC One's (an industry standard insurance valuation program) by at least $500. The driver of the Focus should have been compensated the value of his vehicle, had all of his accident related medical bills paid, provided a rental, paid for lost wages, and received some compensation for pain and suffering (based on his state's guidelines and the at fault driver's limits of liability).

The OP states that there were back and neck injuries in addition to the nasty laceration. Depending on the severity of those back and neck injuries, I would say that this is a $20-$40,000 claim.

Best wishes to all involved!

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Anonymous
to GettyEM Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States #964959

I'm happy that there were NO life threatening injuries!

Anonymous
to GettyEM Reardan, Washington, United States #1029488

NOPE, NOPE!No takebacks buddy.

Don't backpedal.You don't want to be seen as a flipflopper.

jenradkeusa
Buckeye, Arizona, United States #895177

Listen Mr anonymous- do you work for Ford?

You are a disgrace to sociatal normalcy. Move on- and ya, go buy a Ford if you are such a fan.

wr400f250
to jenradkeusa #895227

Your son was in an accident, in a small car vs an SUV. Any car the size of the Focus would have at least the same results, if not worse. The best thing you can do is be thankful he's even alive, the only reason being because they engineered it so well for rear-end collisions.

Anonymous
to jenradkeusa Orange, California, United States #910247

Are you six years old?Only a six year old would ASSume that because someone has a valid point and tells the OP they are wrong that they work for the company.

You use words like ya so you must be six years old. The point remains the mother is more concerned about a law suit than her own son. She could not care less if he lived or died, she cares about money.

She should be more concerned on saving her son's life than the lawsuit.She sickens me.

jenradkeusa
Buckeye, Arizona, United States #894444

Why don't you get into the same exact car and I will hit your judgemental piece of *** *** and we will see how you fare- then we will talk.

Other then that get a life and shut up that I should be grateful my son is alive-

I hope as a parent you would do anything for your child.

We did not sue Ford and we know who's fault it was. Get the pint of the story and let me get back to my Bronco game.

And my son is doing well.Thanks for asking loser

Anonymous
to jenradkeusa #1102145

It's shameful how you posted gruesome photos in a desperate attempt to gain money for YOURSELF. Nauseating!

ransom
#894363

Interestingly, all of this report is addressing the car and what you think (wish?) it had done.I don't see much about who should really be blamed here.

Why isn't anyone talking about the real cause of the injuries - the driver of the SUV. That's where all of the blame lies yet everyone seems to be trying to blame Ford.

I mean, he was rear ended by an SUV going 50 miles an hour. It's amazing he survived at all.

The Focus was actually pretty impressive and should be thanked for saving his life.

Admit it, you're trying to get money from Ford because they have deeper pockets.

Just be thankful your son is alive.

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