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How Do Size and Weight Affect Vehicle Occupants in an Accident?

Not all car accidents are the same. That’s because the size and weight of the vehicles can drastically affect what happens in an accident. For example, a larger or heavier vehicle can do far more damage and cause serious injuries even in a low-speed accident.

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How Size and Weight Impact a Crash

The size and weight of the vehicles in an accident can have huge consequences for the people inside them. The occupants of the larger, heavier vehicle may not experience as much force from the accident because their vehicle may be able to absorb the shock. That can translate into fewer injuries, especially if the accident involves the front or rear of the vehicle. That’s because larger vehicles may provide more space to help protect the occupants.

But when you’re in the smaller vehicle, you could be facing more serious injuries. Smaller vehicles can tolerate less force from an impact and a larger vehicle can hit them with a significant amount of power. The smaller vehicle will be thrust backward and take on most of the force. This makes the occupants in the smaller vehicle more vulnerable.

Other Factors that Affect Outcomes in a Crash

The size and weight are not the only factors that can affect the outcome of a crash. In an accident, many other factors could determine whether you’re injured – and how seriously. Key crash factors that affect car crash survival rates include:

  • Speeding
  • Where the impact happens on the vehicles
  • Reaction times before an accident
  • The effectiveness of brakes
  • Car safety featured installed in the vehicle
  • Driver awareness and training
  • Weight, health, and age of driver and passengers
  • Pre-existing medical conditions at the time of the accident

Types of Vehicles Men and Women Choose and the Impact on Safety in Case of a Crash

Your choice of vehicle can have consequences during an accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, bigger and heavier vehicles often provide better crash protection than smaller ones. But people often don’t pick the safest car for an accident. They pick the cars that they like to drive, and men and women often have different tastes.

According to Cars.com the most popular vehicles for men include:

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Honda Accord
  • Ford Mustang
  • Ram 1500
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Civic
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Ford Explorer

And for women:

  • Honda Civic
  • Honda Accord
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • Nissan Altima
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Ford Focus
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Malibu

As you can see from the lists above, women tend to choose smaller vehicles than men, which helps explain why women sustain more serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

Contact a Houston Car Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a car accident, get in touch with Tate Law Offices today. We believe in making your life easier. We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake. We’re here to help you and offer a free case review to explain your legal rights and options.

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