VanNess & VanNess, P.A.
352-436-4333

Bigger cars offer passengers more protection

Florida motorists know that car crashes can happen at any time. But the chances of serious injury differ depending on a variety of circumstances, one of which is the size of the car. A vehicle's crashworthiness is determined by its size and weight in addition to its materials and structural integrity. Technological advances can aid drivers and have the potential to reduce the risk of, but bigger, heavier vehicles often simply hold up better and give more protection to occupants.

Drivers and front-seat passengers are given less protection during a front-end collision in smaller cars, especially cars with short front ends. The bigger the front end of a car is, the more of the impact it will absorb. A car slows while the front end is being crushed, so a bigger front end also means that impact to the front-seat passengers would happen at a slower rate of speed, which could result in less severe injuries.

The overall weight of a car makes a difference in the safety of passengers during crashes as well. Lighter cars slow down more quickly and transfer more crash impact to their passengers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, smaller and lighter cars have approximately double the crash fatality rates of heavier cars. Tests have given conflicting results about size and crash performance. Many models of small cars have tended to do well in tests where they are crashed into other vehicles of similar size, but pitting different sized vehicles against each other in crash tests has consistently shown that larger vehicles have an advantage.

When two vehicles collide, it is often assumed that one driver is at fault. Most motor vehicle accidents are the result of human error, and a person who has been injured in a crash caused by the negligence of another driver might want to have the help of a lawyer when attempting to recover damages.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Discuss Your Case With An Experienced Attorney

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location

1205 N. Meeting Tree Blvd.
Crystal River, FL 34429

Toll Free: 866-697-6221
Phone: 352-436-4333
Crystal River Law Office Map

250 International Parkway
Suite 340
Lake Mary, Florida 32746

Toll Free: 866-697-6221
Phone: 352-436-4333
Map & Directions

Office Location