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Vehicle size and your safety: Are you at risk of fatal injuries?

When purchasing a vehicle, you likely explored your options in hopes of finding the best fit for you. You may have based your desires on look or performance or any number of other factors that can come into play when looking for a new vehicle. Of course, safety undoubtedly came in as a priority due to your wanting to remain as safe as possible on the roadways.

Even if a vehicle has a fair safety rating, the circumstances of an accident could still result in serious or fatal injuries taking place. Because of the uptick in the state of the economy, more individuals find themselves traveling, which also means more people face the risk of accidents. Fatalities do take place in car crashes, and certain vehicles may make you or a loved one more susceptible to fatal injuries.

Size matters

It may come as no surprise that smaller vehicles tend to have a higher likelihood of involvement in fatal crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that smaller or "mini" sized vehicles offer the least amount of protection to their occupants and land at the top of the list when it comes to number of driver deaths. The automobiles with the highest number came in as the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio, both sedan-style mini vehicles.

The results of the study that reached these conclusions seem fairly straightforward as smaller vehicles consistently come in as having the least amount of protection. It also stated that only two larger vehicles breached the top 10 when it came to rates for driver death: the Dodge Challenger and the Nissan Titan Crew Cab.

Improved safety

Though driver deaths still happen at a high rate — with that rating continuing to increase — vehicles do appear to have improved safety performances. Manufacturers take the safety of their buyers and potential buyers seriously, and continue to better their vehicles with the help of advancements in technology. Unfortunately, not all circumstances can be accounted for, and travelers still face considerable risks.

If you have lost a loved one in a serious car accident — no matter what size vehicles were involved — you may feel the need to seek compensation. Filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault or against the company which manufactured the vehicle if a defect caused the fatal event may help you follow the legal path that could allow you to work toward the restitution you desire.

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