Could the car you drive make a difference in a crash?
Posted on behalf of Mark F. Griffin of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 04, 2015 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
A recent study seems to indicate this may be the case. The study, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, looked at the deadly car accidents involving mass-market vehicles, that occurred between the years of 2009 and 2012. The study determined that overall SUVs performed best.
There are likely a couple of reasons for this. The first is that they are generally larger than other vehicles on the road. Physics dictates that when a larger object collides with a smaller one, the larger object usually experiences less damage. In addition, these types of vehicles are required to include electronic stability controls that other vehicles currently do not.
If safety features currently being developed are widely adopted, it is possible that in the future, the safety of other types of cars could be improved as well. These features include radar-based cruise control and automatic emergency braking.
Though it may sound far-fetched that there will ever be a time where vehicle design will prevent fatalities from occurring in a car accident, in actuality it may not be that far away. This is because currently there are several vehicles - nine so far - that have never been involved in a fatal accident.
Of course this will not occur over night. There is more research and adoption of the safety measures necessary before it will happen. This means that fatalities will continue to result from car accidents. When they do, and they are the fault of another party, it is possible that the family of those left behind could file a wrongful death lawsuit to recoup damages.