Effects in a Crash
Though most cars are judged for safety based on how they protect their driver and passengers, there has been more and more attention paid to the effect of SUVs on other vehicles in a car crash. In a car accident involving an SUV and a passenger car, those in the passenger car are four times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than those in the SUV.
Some design differences that cause the problems for the SUV and other vehicles in a car accident include:
- Designed to ride eight inches higher than a car.
- An SUV frame is more rigid, being made of two steel rails instead of the usual one steel rail.
- Height and frames of SUVs make them extra lethal to people riding in smaller vehicles. Differences in vehicle weight did not account for the extra risk.
A Few Statistics
- Light trucks or SUVs crashing into passenger cars are the causes of most fatal injuries in car accidents.
- 80% of drivers feel strongly that car companies should design safety changes in SUVs in order to protect others on the road.
- SUVs are three times more likely to roll over in an accident than other passenger cars.
- The rate of rollovers as the cause of fatalities in car accidents? SUVs claim 37% while only 15% is true for passenger cars.
- Annually, rollovers caused death in more than half of all SUV accidents. Rollovers caused death in only 19% of passenger cars involved in accidents.
Address: 5636 Lemon Ave.
Dallas TX 75209
Phone: +1 214 5203694