Over the years, small cars have gotten safer. Some claim that they are now safer than they’ve ever been before. And you can check things like crash test ratings to see exactly how they stack up against other vehicles.
But is that enough? Are you taking on some level of inherent risk by driving a small vehicle?
Larger vehicles do have safety bonuses
Even when two vehicles get high crash test ratings, physics means that the bigger vehicle is going to be a bit safer than the smaller vehicle. A vehicle that is high, large and heavy simply provides a safer cage for a driver and passengers than a vehicle that is smaller and lighter. When two vehicles collide, the smaller and lighter one is going to take more of the impact energy than the other, and injuries can be more severe for those in that smaller vehicle.
The most extreme example of this is when an 18-wheeler hits a small car. In many cases, those in the car end up suffering serious injuries, but those in the semi are not even injured at all. The same effect can happen in accidents involving SUVs and pickup trucks, though it may not be quite as pronounced. Driving a small car has a lot of benefits, from saving on gas bills to saving the environment, but you do have to know that you’re facing higher risks on the road.
What if someone else hits you?
You can only really be so safe since there are always drivers around you who may cause accidents. If one of them hits you and you are seriously injured in the crash, you need to know how to seek proper financial compensation for your losses.