The responsibility of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to both set safety standards and to issue recalls of any vehicles believed to pose of a risk of injury to the consumer. These responsibilities were first signed into law as part of the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act of 1966.
Whether it's because of how violent they are or because of something else, those who are involved in vehicle rollovers rarely survive such a crash.
While it's important to look at crash-test ratings when you go to buy a new vehicle, they aren't the only factor you should consider. That's because crash-test scores only tell a portion of the story in terms of your risk for becoming seriously injured in a car crash. Even if crash-test ratings are high, you may still find yourself at a significant risk of becoming involved in a potentially deadly crash, especially if the cars involved are mismatched in size.
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.
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.
Every year, countless individuals either sustain injures or are killed as a result of their involvement in rollover crashes. Car type greatly impacts a person's risk of a rollover accident.
One of the major risks of driving a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is the risk of a rollover accident. These vehicles are tall, which creates a higher risk of sideways forces pushing them onto their sides. Rollover crashes occur in only around three percent of serious collisions, but they pose a major threat to the victims inside the SUV and inside other vehicles impacted by the crash.
SUVs make up around 12 percent of all vehicles on the roads in the United States today. While many people view them as safe, the fact is that they are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the roads. They have a risk of rollovers, sometimes have poor visibility and can impact and crush smaller vehicles.
Rain has been a common sight recently, but that's no reason for drivers to lose control of their vehicles. In fact, there are many things drivers can do to avoid accidents when rain and floods become hazardous.
You may remember a national television and print campaign several years back that was created to raise awareness, especially among younger drivers, of the dangers of driving an SUV. The campaign featured a person riding a creature that resembled a cross between an SUV and a bull in a bull riding competition. The campaign made the point that SUVs are inherently more prone than other styles of vehicles to rolling over in accidents or difficult handling situations, making them more dangerous to inexperienced drivers. Here in 2016, the state of SUV safety has greatly improved.