In a motor vehicle accident, a larger and heavier SUV is likely to sustain far less damage than a small passenger vehicle. This is a simple matter of physics. The lowest death rate by vehicle type is for very large SUVs, which is 13 deaths per million registered vehicles. On the other hand, the highest death rate is for mini cars, which is 64 deaths per million registered vehicles.
There are other characteristics of larger vehicles, as well, that contribute to a safer ride. For instance, a larger vehicle is not only heavier, but it has a longer, bigger hood, and a larger crash zone, which give the vehicle an advantage in a frontal crash. The ceilings also are higher and the interior roomier, which leaves more room to protect its occupants if the vehicle rolls or is struck from the side. The larger frame of an SUV or similar vehicle also can withstand more impact than the smaller frame of a passenger vehicle, which is more likely to buckle upon impact.
However, larger and heavier vehicles are not immune from some risks that do not exist with smaller vehicles. One problem that larger and heavier vehicles pose is that they are more likely to tip over. Given the fairly substantial rates of rollover crashes, this is a problem that you will be less likely to encounter with a small vehicle. Furthermore, an older larger vehicle is not as safe as a smaller new vehicle, simply due to advancements in safety technology. An older larger vehicle, even if it is heavier and bigger, may not have side airbags, for example, where as a newer smaller vehicle would have side airbags.
When you or a family member suffers serious injuries from a motor vehicle crash or any other type of accident, and another’s negligence caused the accident, you may have a personal injury claim under Wisconsin law. Meeting with a personal injury lawyer is the first step toward getting the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered. Call Boller & Vaughan today at (608) 268-0268, or contact us online in order to set up an appointment with one of our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, and see what we can do for you.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
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After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.