The Size of Your Vehicle Impacts Your Chances of Being Killed in a Car Accident
There are many things to consider when you’re shopping for a vehicle, including the size of the vehicle. You may have preferences based on your needs. For example, a mother of four would be more likely to want an SUV while a single professional may want a smaller car that comes with better gas mileage. As you consider all the pros and cons, safety should certainly be one of the factors to consider.
Today at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we are going to focus on how likely larger cars and smaller cars are to be involved in a fatal accident. Remember that a fatal accident is about more than just your potential to die in a car accident – it also affects how safe your family and friends are, as well as others on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one, keep reading to find out about safer cars then contact us at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Vehicle Size Makes a Bigger Difference Than You May Realize
Are you surprised to learn that small vehicles are more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents compared to larger vehicles? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a small or mini sized vehicle has the least amount of protection for everyone in the vehicle, and they result in the most driver deaths of any cars. For example, of all vehicles tested, the two with the highest number of fatal accidents were the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent – both sedan-style mini cars.
The study was clear that small vehicles consistently have the least amount of protection. In fact, there were only two larger vehicles that made it in the list of the top ten vehicles with the highest rate of fatal accidents. Those vehicles were the Nissan Titan Crew Cab and the Dodge Challenger.
Vehicles of All Sizes Are Safer Than They Used to Be
The good news is that while smaller vehicles are generally not as safe as larger vehicles, most any vehicle you buy today will be much safer than the same vehicle would have been a decade ago. This is due in large part because consumers have begun buying based on safety ratings, which has given manufacturers increased reason to focus on improving safety whenever possible.
Work with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney if You Have Been Affected by a Motor Vehicle Accident
Whether you were the victim and have suffered significant injury in a motor vehicle accident or you have lost a loved one in this type of accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you get the financial compensation you are owed. Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation today.