A heavier vehicle offers a safety advantage over a lighter automobile. The magnitude of the force experienced by occupants in a collision and the risk of injury is directly related to the size and weight of each vehicle.
In general, people in a large, heavy vehicle will experience a less forceful impact in a crash and will be less likely to suffer serious injuries than those in a small, lighter car. In the past, the energy-absorbing structures (bumpers) of many SUVs and trucks did not align properly with the bumpers of most cars; however, automobile manufactures have taken steps to address the issue, and now larger vehicles pose less of a threat to smaller cars than they once did. Auto manufacturers are also utilizing methods other than reducing vehicle weight to improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing safety.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. Call Harrisburg car accident lawyers at the Moyles Law Firm at 412-281-1055 in Pittsburgh or 717-233-5440 in the Harrisburg area, or contact us online for a free consultation.