Q: Am I more at risk of getting into a serious car accident if I drive a smaller car?
Whether you have just been in a car accident, or you are simply trying to be as safety conscious as possible, you need to get a new vehicle. Companies like Consumer Reports exhaustingly catalogue the safety pros and cons of various makes and models. But, how accurate are these analyses?
The truth is that car safety analyses are complicated. It is not as simple as “big cars are safe; small cars are not.” Remember back to the early 2000s, when Ford and other SUV manufacturers faced a slew of lawsuits related to SUV rollovers. These big SUVS were mighty, but their mass was concentrated too high. Thus, they tipped more easily than other (and in some case, much lighter) vehicles. Think about it this way: it is much harder to balance a full lollipop (with a sugary mass concentrated on the top) than it is to balance a lighter lollipop that has been partially eaten.
That said, from a purely mechanical point of view, small cars could be at a disadvantage. The force in any collision is equal to change in momentum. That quantity, in turn, depends on mass. When a truck slams into a pedestrian, the truck exerts force on the pedestrian, and the pedestrian exerts force on the truck. Due to the difference in mass, the pedestrian generally suffers much more.
Likewise, small cars may be at a disadvantage in certain crashes because of the mass difference.
Whether you are recovering from a car crash, or you know someone who has been hurt or injured, get all the facts, so you can make the best decisions. Connect with an experienced car crash lawyer by calling the McComb Witten team today at 604-255-9018. While you are here, be sure to download a copy of our free report, He Slammed into My Car and Took Off for information you can use right away.