‘Low Velocity Impacts in Road Traffic Accidents: Law and Practice’ by Jake Rowley


Paperback: 978-1-914608-11-7
Published: January 2023
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In this book, Jake Rowley will provide a concise and practical consideration of the law and practice relating to ‘low velocity impact’ (or “LVI”) road traffic accidents. Amongst other topics, the book will consider what is meant by the term ‘LVI’; the tell-tale signs of a potential LVI claim; the key authorities setting out the the law in this area; the procedural steps which Defendants will likely need to take in order to advance allegations of LVI; the sorts of evidence which features in such claims and when, and how, it should be obtained and deployed; and how such cases are approached by Judges at trial.

The book is written with Claimant and Defendant practitioners, and insurers, in mind.


Jake Rowley is a barrister at Farrar’s Building specialising in high value and complex personal injury litigation. He has extensive experience of proceedings arising out of road traffic accidents and claims involving allegations of LVI.

He is well versed in the applicable legal principles relating to LVI cases as well as the varying forms of evidence regularly encountered in such claims including forensic engineering evidence dealing with damage consistency and/or occupancy displacement; expert medical evidence; insurer’s CUE database searches; and social media evidence. Jake is known for his meticulous and forensic approach to considering the available evidence in LVI cases, which enables him to settle robust pleadings and give sensible and pragmatic advice on tactics and prospects of success in advance of trial. He prides himself on conducting thorough and robust cross-examinations of witnesses at trial. Jake’s LVI practice is complemented by his significant experience of cases involving allegations of fraud/fundamental dishonesty.

Jake is instructed on behalf of the UK’s biggest and most well-known motor insurers and is regularly invited to speak or provide training in this area to both solicitors and insurers.​

This is Jake’s second book published by Law Brief Publishing. His first book, “Fundamental Dishonesty and QOCS in in Personal Injury Proceedings: Law and Practice”, ​is also available here.


Chapter 1 – What Is a Low Velocity Impact Claim?
Chapter 2 – Hallmarks of a LVI Collision
Chapter 3 – Pre-Action Conduct
Chapter 4 – The Two Key Court of Appeal Cases: Kearsley and Casey
Chapter 5 – Expert Evidence
Chapter 6 – Medical Records and Further Sources of Evidence/Information
Chapter 7 – Success or Failure at Trial
Chapter 8 – Concluding Observations