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SUV crash is less likely to be fatal than a small vehicle crash

If you ask many sports utility vehicle (SUV) owners whether they're confident that their cars would protect them if they were to become involved in a crash, you'd likely hear a resounding "Yes." Many believe that the fact that SUVs are large is one thing that they have going for them that passenger cars don't.

The fact that they sit up higher off the ground doesn't hurt either. We've all heard about SUVs and their roof problems or rollover risks, though. This has made it difficult for many to decide what truly is best.

When it comes to car safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) contends that all types of vehicles have been experiencing improved ratings over the past few years.The fatality rate among crossover and full-size SUVs even decreased by as much as 60 percent in the 10-year period between 2005 and 2015.

Some of the most recent research shows that while smaller cars are becoming increasingly safer, the larger or heavier one is, the more apt it is to protect you from suffering injuries in a crash. As you might expect, the larger a vehicle is, the more it weighs.

In addition to size and weight, larger vehicles like SUVs are equipped with both larger crush zones and longer hoods. This can be particularly helpful in warding off injuries if a motorist becomes involved in a front-end crash.

Also, when it comes to SUV crashes, research conducted by the IIHS suggests that larger, heavier vehicles like them tend to deflect the force of impact of lighter, smaller vehicles. This is one of the reasons perhaps that their data shows that in 2015, only 13 out of every one million SUV owners died in crashes. As many as 64 per million of mini-car drivers suffered the same fate.

Researchers with IIHS have also found that even when smaller cars and SUVs have the same safety ratings, it doesn't mean that they both protect their occupants at the same level. Instead, many of the same size and weight constraints also figure in when it comes to how serious of injuries an occupant may suffer.

If you've suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle crash, then a San Bernardino attorney may advise you of your right to recover medical costs and other expenses in your case.

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