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Does the size of a car impact safety?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Each year, countless individuals here in San Antonio and other parts of Texas that rush out to buy themselves new cars. A common question that they often research before doing so is whether a vehicle’s size impacts safety. Industry research shows that it does matter whether consumers buy smaller sedans or larger cars vehicles such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks. The latter tend to fare better in collisions, especially when they involve both a small and large vehicle in the same accident.

When head-on collisions occur, it’s often the front of the vehicle that suffers the most damage and impact. Larger vehicles tend to slow the rate of transfer of an impact. This reduces the chance of any force reaching the passenger compartment and, minimizes any occupant’s risk of injury.

Fatality rates significantly increase depending on the size of the car. Crashes involving smaller and lighter vehicles are as many as two times more likely to result in a fatality than larger vehicle accidents. Motorists tend to still buy small cars despite knowing the dangers that they pose. The reason that they do so is because they are generally more affordable, fuel-efficient, simpler to maneuver and easier to park. They can also be less expensive to repair when they break down.

Not all smaller vehicles are made equally. You tend to get what you pay for. A more expensive vehicle is likely to have more enhanced safety features versus a no-frills economy car. The age of a vehicle can impact its safety rating as well. Older vehicles are less likely to have the more modern protections that can help a San Antonio driver avoid a crash.

Drivers of sedans who are lucky enough to survive a crash between themselves and a larger vehicle such an SUV or truck are bound to be left with significant injuries as a result of their accident. You may be entitled to monetary compensation from the negligent Texas motorist who caused your injuries if you’re seriously hurt. An attorney can assist you in determining liability and aid you in negotiating with the other party’s insurance company if you’re entitled to compensation in your case.