Debra L. Broz

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It’s simply physics: Larger cars are safer

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2020 | car accidents

Let’s start by saying that any car accident is dangerous, in any car. It doesn’t matter what size it is, how many stars it got in the safety ratings, or anything else. A car accident is potentially dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or death.

That said, there is plenty of evidence that larger vehicles are safer than smaller vehicles. Much of it just has to do with physics.

First off, the amount of force an object (like a car) adds to a collision is determined by its speed and its weight. The more mass and speed, the greater the energy. That energy is then enacted on the other object. Therefore, if a larger vehicle strikes a smaller one, the smaller one absorbs more energy than it puts out. If the larger car is also moving faster, the odds of injury for those in the smaller car continue to increase.

Another element to note is the amount of space in the vehicle. If there is a head-on crash, every inch of space detracts from the energy eventually enacted on the people in the car. A larger vehicle may give people extra space and protection when they would have been pinned or crushed in the smaller vehicle as it compacted during the crash.

There are many variables in accidents. You can’t control most of them, but you can control what type of car you drive when that crash occurs. Of course, no matter what you drive, you can get hurt when someone else makes a mistake. Be sure you know what legal options you have to recover your losses after an accident and injuries.