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Does car size affect survivability in a car crash?

by | Apr 24, 2021 | Personal Injury

Does size matter? A car’s size does have a significant impact on your ability to survive a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS’s data shows that larger vehicles like sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks appear to have higher survivability rates than smaller passenger cars such as sedans. The researchers found this is particularly the case when there’s a collision between a smaller and larger vehicle.

Why are larger vehicles so much safer than smaller ones?

When there is a head-on collision, the front of the vehicle will suffer the most significant force. Larger vehicles tend to slow the rate of impact, which lessens the chance of damage carrying over into the passenger compartment, reducing the possibility of injury.

Fatality rates significantly increase depending on the size of the car. Many positives motivate motorists to purchase smaller vehicles, such as their affordability, fuel efficiency and maneuverability. The downside to them is that they’re twice as likely to result in a fatality than a larger vehicle.

How price and age also impact crash survivability

While smaller cars are, in general, less safe than larger ones, price and age impact car crash survivability rates too. The more expensive a vehicle is, the more apt it is to have enhanced safety features. The same applies to newer vehicles versus older ones, regardless of size.

What to do you if you suffered injuries in an accident

Hawaii law might allow you to recover compensation if another motorist’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries in a car accident. An attorney can give you insight into some of the tactics that insurance companies use to get you to settle early and for a lower amount than what’s necessary to cover your losses. They can also help you negotiate with your insurance company in your case.