According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, bigger and heavier vehicles are more protective for passengers than smaller and lighter vehicles. Size and weight are both characteristics of vehicles that affect the force that passengers feel when a vehicle crashes. The amount of force that impacts passengers directly relates to the risk of injury.
A vehicle that is longer from the front to the passenger area gives the passengers an advantage in frontal crashes, which account for half of passenger deaths in traffic accidents. If there is more room for the vehicle to crush up in front, the passengers will feel a decreased amount of force.
Weight plays a larger role in a two-vehicle collision. Since the bigger vehicle will push the small vehicle backward at the point of impact, there will be less force on the occupants on the bigger vehicle and more force on the lighter vehicle. Heavier vehicles also may be more advantageous in one-car accidents, since the weight of the heavier vehicle is more likely to crush the object it strikes, rather than the object crushing the vehicle.
Crash data also reveals that the risk of death is much greater for occupants of small vehicles, as opposed to occupants of larger vehicles. For example, in 2015, larger cars that were one to three years old had 22 deaths per million registered vehicle, whereas smaller cars had 64 deaths per million.
Furthermore, although larger vehicles formerly posed a higher risk to the occupants of small vehicles in the event of a crash, improvements in the design of SUVs have made this much less of a danger. SUVs are now designed to be lower and align with small car frames, so this threat to occupants has disappeared. In fact, a more recent study shows that SUVs were no more likely than cars to be involved in vehicle crashes that killed the occupants of the other vehicle.
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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.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
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.