Today’s cars and trucks have more advanced safety features than ever before. However, there is no vehicle that is completely immune to the effects of severe collisions. In other words, there is at least some threat of catastrophic injuries for any driver involved in a serious accident.
That being said, there are vehicles that are known to be less safe than others are. According to recent findings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the so-called deadliest cars on the road include four-door minicars and non-luxury cars. These cars have or lack features that put passengers and drivers at a higher risk of fatality.
Smaller cars are at a distinct disadvantage in any collision when the other vehicle or object is larger. They are lighter and have smaller crush zones; they can be rolled back or crushed more easily than larger vehicles. At the other end of the spectrum are SUVs, trucks and large sedans, which have more mass and weight to protect occupants.
The price of protection
The study shows that some of the safest cars are luxury cars, including cars from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. These vehicles typically have more safety features and higher quality materials that allow them to perform better in a crash. However, they are typically the most expensive vehicles, making them inaccessible to many motorists.
What this information means
Whether you drive a minicar or luxury SUV, there is going to be a risk for fatal injuries in a serious crash. Because of this, it is crucial for all drivers to comply with traffic laws, pay attention and avoid dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
In the event that a driver fails to do these things, victims of resulting accidents and their families have a right to explore their options to take legal action and pursue financial compensation.