There are many benefits of using smaller cars. They’re comfortable to drive, easy to maneuver, cost-effective, and eco-friendly. However, many experts believe that these cars are not as safe as SUVs or trucks. In case of a collision between a large car and a small car, the driver of large car may suffer only some minor injuries, while the driver of small car is likely to suffer serious multiple injuries such as fractures, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Responding to these safety concerns regarding small cars, many manufactures of these cars have incorporated features to improve safety. It’s also important to note that even large vehicles are not completely safe. In fact, rollover accidents are most common among large vehicles like trucks and SUVs.
What Kind of Tests Are Being Performed For Small Car Safety?
Safety issues in small cars have remained a cause of concern. A new test (overlap frontal crash test) by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has sparked a new debate whether these small cars are safe enough. According to some results of this test, ten mini cars were categorized as “marginal” or “poor” while one mini car managed to receive a higher rating of being a “acceptable” car. In this test, each car was required to hit a fixed object while traveling at a steady speed of 40 miles an hour. Only Chevrolet Spark was able to clear this test. Of the small cars that took part in this test, 10 out of 18 receiving the ranking of “acceptable” or “good”.
Small Car Ratings Run Gamut in Small Overlap Crash Tests – IIHS News
So, IIHS concluded that small cars that did not perform well in this overlap frontal test are likely to cause passengers to cause grievous foot or leg injures from a car crash. The IIHS also claimed that its small overlap frontal test is likely to deliver more accurate results because unlike several other tests, this test is more detail oriented. In this test, most small cars received rankings in terms of their structural integrity that defines how their components can withstand a highly forceful crash at the time of accident. All small cars with poor structural integrity will immediately collapse during an accident. So in other words, lower the structural integrity of the car, the less safe it is for its occupants. If the structure of car collapses, it can easily dislocate its airbags and seats. Auto accident injuries run the gamut, but the following are some of the most common injuries sustained by people in auto accidents:
• Whiplash and Neck Injuries
• Bruises, Lacerations, and Fractures
• Concussions and Other Head Injuries
• Back Injuries
• Psychological Injuries
It would be wise for you to check the IIHS ratings of your mini car in order to find how safe it is for you and your family members. However, safety also depends on how well you can drive your car. Responsible and careful driving will surely help in reducing accident risks to a large extent. If you or your loved one get injured because someone else was driving carelessly, you can easily make claim for compensation.