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Does size play a role in auto accidents?

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2020 | Car Accidents |

In an accident, the size of the vehicle you are in can play a huge role in the extinct of your injuries. Despite advances in safety technology in vehicles of all sizes, it still seems that size remains an important factor. 

According to Forbes, larger and heavier vehicles, such as SUVs and pickups, are the safest vehicles on the road and will best protect you in an accident. 

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The size of the vehicle enables it to better handle impact. It absorbs the forces much easier than a smaller car. Large vehicles also protect passengers better. The statistics come from the analysis of crash reports and insurance claims. Larger vehicles in an accident tend to have fewer and less expensive claims than smaller vehicles. 

Large vehicles with four-wheel drive tend to do the best overall. Pickups also seem to offer the best protection from injuries and have the fewest claims. In short, analyzing insurance claim information, it seems that you are more likely to survive an accident if you are in a four-wheel drive pickup than any other vehicle. 


There are some outliers, but it probably is not due to the cars being safer or as safe as larger vehicles. Sports cars are one example. The prevailing theory on this is that they hold fewer occupants, so insurance claims will naturally be lower. Another example is convertibles. In this case, they likely have fewer insurance claims because owners do not drive them as much as other types of vehicles. In both cases, these vehicles are not really as safe as a large vehicle, and you need to account for their usage when considering the way they stack up.