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What's safer in an accident: A sedan or an SUV?

Many families who select an SUV over a sedan do so because they feel that they're safer driving higher off the ground. And, according to a recent research study, SUVs have been shown to be much safer than sedans. In fact, an SUV driver or passenger is at least 50 percent more likely to survive a car crash without suffering serious injuries than an individual riding in a sedan.

Studies have shown that sedans are safest in a crash if it involves two similarly-sized ones. The same doesn't appear to be the case with SUVs though. Even if they're comparable in size, they're likely to crush one another. This is, in turn, likely to lead to more catastrophic injuries.

Researchers note that SUVs are particularly well-equipped to protect kids. That's because, unlike the minivan that is lighter and has a lower center of gravity, the SUV is higher up and reinforced to be able to handle impact. This is particularly important given that SUVs are involved in accidents on more frequently than sedans.

Unfortunately, though, if the driver of a sedan becomes involved in a crash with an SUV driver, he or she is not very likely to survive it. In fact, researchers with the University of Buffalo recently analyzed a series of head-on crashes between a single sedan and an SUV. They found that the sedan's driver was nearly 8 percent more likely to be killed in the crash than an SUV driver.

SUV drivers have a much higher risk, though, of being killed in rollover accidents. Also, because SUVs have a higher center of gravity, they're more likely to be involved in accidents due to wind or weather.

Researchers emphasize that those looking to buy SUVs should focus on the active safety options they offer. Some examples of these include blind-spot cameras, automatic braking and traction control systems.

At the same time, they note that buyers of sedans should focus on passive safety features. Some examples of these include sizable crumple zones, airbags and variable seat belts.

Those involved in crashes with SUVs, if they're lucky enough to survive them, may suffer traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, fractures and other serious injuries. If you have been seriously injured in an car crash, then a San Bernardino SUV accident attorney can explain your rights to compensation for your injuries and other expenses.

Source: Quoted, "Which type of vehicle is safest: SUVs or sedans?," Julia Eddington, accessed Aug. 17, 2017

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