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How vehicle size differences impact the consequences of a car accident

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Automobile Accidents |

There are many factors that you have to consider when you get involved in a car accident, as they can all affect how serious that accident is. Common factors include things like speed or alcohol intoxication, along with seatbelt use and much else.

One factor that people sometimes overlook is simply the size of the vehicles involved in that crash. There are two key ways in which this can define your injuries.

The larger vehicle tends to be safer

On the whole, drivers and passengers in larger vehicles tend to be a bit safer than those in smaller vehicles. The sheer weight of these larger vehicles can help them, as physics dictates that they are going to push more energy into the smaller vehicle. Larger vehicles may also be higher, which can help to keep those in the passenger compartment from being directly impacted at the crash site.

Larger vehicles offer extra protection

Just by virtue of being bigger, these vehicles also do a better job of protecting their passengers, in many cases. The distance from the front bumper to the front of that passenger compartment is simply going to be longer in a pickup truck or an SUV than it is going to be in a convertible or a sedan. Every inch of distance helps to dissipate the energy from the crash, protecting the people inside.

While it can be helpful to drive a large vehicle, it’s also true that you can be injured in any type of car or truck. If you get involved in a serious accident and you have extensive medical bills, take the time to look into your options to seek compensation