As a leading firm involved in personal injury claims, the Dashner Law Firm tends to have insight into trends and conditions that affect car accidents and other injury-causing incidents. While the human element tends to play a prominent role in many car collisions, it is also true that the extent of many car accident injuries is influenced by the vehicles that are involved.
While you might think that all cars tend to have only minimal differences in safety levels, there is actually a wide disparity between safety ratings of vehicles based on their overall design and specific safety features. While one can never predict when a collision will occur, avoiding vehicles that are known to have poor safety ratings can help keep you and your loved ones healthy.
Some of the models that qualify as the most unsafe vehicles in the nation might catch the public by surprise.
Since the conventional wisdom is that bigger is always better, purchasers of some SUVs might be surprised to learn they’ve actually made an unsafe choice. Models such as the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Pathfinder can put drivers at an elevated risk of injury due to the potential for rollovers. The rollover risk makes such models particularly dangerous because many factors—speed, wetness, and tight curves—can all make one-car accidents much more likely.
Additionally, these models are unsafe even in non-rollover accidents. Design issues may leave passengers at risk in side collisions, while a lack of protection such as curtain airbags for rear passengers can also lead to low ratings for some models.
Sedans Are Dangerous Too
But it’s not just larger vehicles getting poor ratings. Sedans such as the Mazda CX-7 and the Subaru SX4 have much lower centers of gravity than sport utility vehicles, so there is very little risk of rollovers. However, the vehicles scored low ratings for the safety of rear-seat passengers in collisions involving the rear half of the vehicle.
Finding a safe car takes dedicated research and logical decision-making. But injuries can even occur in relatively safe vehicles. If you are ever injured in a car accident, contact a top injury attorney at the Dashner Law Firm by calling 972-793-8989.