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Small car drivers more likely to be injured

On Behalf of | Jul 16, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents in New York can be dangerous and painful no matter what kind of vehicles are involved. There is an escalating fatality rate due to motor vehicle crashes across the country despite the advances in safety features that have been developed by auto manufacturers. New vehicles often feature 10 airbags around the cabin in an attempt to avoid injuries as well as backup cameras, lane detection technologies and other systems that aim to prevent crashes from taking place.

However, despite these features, motor vehicle accidents continue to occur and are on the rise in many places. These crashes are often caused by dangerous or negligent driving and can be influenced by weather issues or even mechanical problems. The vehicle that a person is driving also affects how protected he or she is in case of an accident. In general, personal injury claims are the most frequent in smaller and lighter cars. In many cases, the drivers of these vehicles are not at fault for the crash, but they may suffer more severe injuries than those in larger vehicles like SUVs or pickup trucks.

Very small four-door cars, called microcars, have the highest relative frequency of personal injury claims while large pickup trucks have the lowest claim frequency. In addition, while sports cars may be associated with fast driving, they have some of the lowest rates of personal injury claims. This is likely the case because they are often not daily drivers and regularly carry only one passenger.

People deserve to be safe on the roads in cars of any size, but unfortunately, dangerous drivers can cause severe injuries in crashes. A personal injury lawyer may help people injured in a car accident through no fault of their own to pursue compensation for the harms they have suffered.


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