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Why colliding with an SUV is likely to result in a fatality

Many car buyers rely on crash ratings to as a way of determining whether their vehicle is best for their family's needs. A 2013 research study, spearheaded by the University of Buffalo (UB), though, suggests that these results are a lot less reliable than one might expect. Instead, researchers found that vehicle type is a much stronger indicator of their likelihood to be involved in a crash than any other factor.

UB researchers were able to determine that most drivers of sedans were more susceptible to dying in car crash if they were struck by a highly-rated SUV. On the flip side of this scenario, any motorist operating a sedan with a higher crash rating than the SUV was four times more apt to die in the crash than they would have otherwise been if they'd struck another vehicle their same size.

Thus, researchers concluded that the lighter and smaller the vehicle involved in the crash, the higher the likelihood that the person driving the smaller of the two cars would be killed in the crash.

In the absence of crash ratings, UB researchers noted that they found that sedan drivers are still at least seven times more likely than SUV drivers to die in head-on accidents. They also found that in any crash, the car with the lower crash rating is at least 1.28 times more likely to result in the driver's death. They concluded that each crash rating point deduction essentially equates to a 1.22 higher risk of a traffic-related death.

When asked what they hoped motorists would take away from their research, one scientist noted that he wanted passenger car drivers to understand that they're shouldn't obsess about a car's crash rating score. He noted that these ratings had the potential of giving motorists a false sense of hope about their level of safety.

If you've been seriously injured in a car accident, then a San Bernardino SUV crash attorney can advise you of your right to file a claim for hospital bills in your collision case.

Source: Science Daily, "Passenger car drivers are more likely to die in crashes with SUVs, regardless of crash ratings," accessed Sep. 29, 2017

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