Think You’re Safe in an SUV? Study Says No
North Carolina car crash victims call our Raleigh car accident attorneys with many questions about settlements, negotiations, and trials. Auto accidents don’t discriminate. A passenger car may hit another passenger car, but more than likely, with the popularity of mini SUVs and large SUVs today, victims have been in an accident that involved an SUV.
You probably know or may be an owner of an SUV (a Sport Utility Vehicle) who has no interest in sports, no real need for four-wheel-drive, no family or need for the space for many passengers or cargo. Many people choose an SUV instead of a passenger car because they believe it is safer. Having a larger vehicle with a taller frame gives the impression you may have more power and control, however SUVs are more prone to rollovers and a new study shows that not all SUVs are safe in comparison with each other.
The new study tested smaller SUVs in front-end crashes and found that many popular makes and models received marginal or poor ratings, such as:
- Ford Escape
- Honda CR-V
- Jeep Wrangler
The only highly rated vehicles in the study were Subaru’s 2014 Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. They are the only two models out of thirteen tested vehicles to receive favorable ratings by the insurance institute conducting the study.
Regardless of the safety ratings of your vehicle, every accident is unique and can impact drivers and passengers differently. There are so many variables that play a part in a car accident. Brent Adams & Associates’ Raleigh car accident attorneys have access to accident reconstruction experts and can use the skills of engineers to determine pre-accident conditions to help you build a strong case. Call 877-BRENT-ADAMS for a free case evaluation.
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