But the argument could be made that since you modified the vehicle in such a manner that prevented the 'crumple zone(s)' from working as intended, your vehicle transferred more energy into the vehicle that you hit, which had a negative effect on the occupants of that car.
Originally Posted by getout
In short, your crumple zone doesn't absorb energy, which means that the other vehicle has to absorb more. In this aspect, it does not prevent or mitigate injury to the occupants, but it may cause injury to others.
I have no idea how far that argument would go in court . . . but it can certainly be made.
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