The most common form of the surprise car crash shot has the camera inside a moving car, with the frame showing the driver or a passenger in profile and (past them) a side window framing the world beyond. Suddenly, the front of another vehicle slides into view as it collides with the side of the car. (This is the shot asked about in "How do they create the side-impact-crash “from inside the car” shots?".)
My question: where was this shot first used?
Examples of the shot from films:
The pilot of "Six Feet Under" (aired 2001-06-03) has a surprise car crash near the beginning of the episode, though I've yet to find a public clip online.