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How well will your vehicle protect you in a crash?

When it comes to buying a vehicle, many people in Montana and across the country consider safety features important. After all, the chance of being involved in a car accident always exists when you are on the road, so it is important to have a vehicle that could protect you as well as possible in the event of a crash. Luckily, newer vehicle models are often coming with more and more safety features with the intention of reducing the number of accidents and lessening the severity of injuries.

Of course, not all drivers have the latest model vehicle, and it is common for decades-old vehicles to still be on the roads. Fortunately, even without the numerous safety features of newer vehicles, certain types of automobiles can offer more protection against injuries than others.

How well will your vehicle protect you?

A recent study looked at the frequency of medical claims made according to vehicles that fell into the model years of 2014-2016. As you might have already suspected, smaller compact cars offered less protection than larger trucks and SUVs. Still, the breakdown of protection effectiveness is as follows:

  • Four-door micro cars see the highest medical claim frequency.
  • Minicars came in second as far as claim frequency.
  • Next, small, four-door cars landed in third.
  • Midsized sedans came in fourth.
  • Large luxury SUVs were among the lowest vehicles with medical claims.
  • The lowest frequency landed with very large pickup trucks.

Of course, smaller vehicles are also more commonly driven by newer drivers because those vehicles typically have lower prices, and younger people often opt for vehicles that are more affordable. As a result, inexperience could also contribute to accidents with injuries in that vehicle group.

Injuries in any vehicle

Even though larger vehicles may offer more protection, you could still suffer serious injuries even if you drive a large SUV or pickup truck. If you drive a smaller vehicle and find yourself involved in a crash with one of these larger vehicles, you could very well suffer severe injuries.

In all, the only way to always avoid injuries in a car accident is to never get on the road. While that is likely not a possibility for you, you can do your part to remain a conscientious driver by remaining focused and following applicable driving laws. In the event that you are injured in a car accident, you may want to remember that seeking compensation for damages may be an option if another driver is considered at fault.

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