The Volkswagen Beetle and the MINI are known as two of the most notable small cars that can be seen on the roads today. The new Beetle debuted in 1998, and the MINI was introduced in the 2003 movie “The Italian Job”.
The high gas mileage of both cars made purchasing these vehicles appealing. Many smaller cars are being produced, and this trend appears to be the new fad. The problem with this trend involves the glaring lack of size to their larger counterparts. A new report revealed small cars cannot compete with full-size vehicles in car safety ratings when involved in head-on car crashes.
Our car accident attorneys wish to urge all people shopping for cars to do their homework when they shop. Sure, a smaller car might be great on gas mileage, but you may end up paying more money in the long run if you get into a serious car accident that leads to a painful personal injury.
It is true that smaller cars are not necessarily unsafe, but if you are shopping for any size car, the necessary safety features need to be present. Driver and passenger airbags are obviously important, but crumple zones, parts of a car that absorb a car crash, are also necessary to ensure driver and passenger safety in the event of a car accident.
No matter what kind of car that you drive, it is imporant to make sure you and your loved ones are covered with the best car insurance policy that you can afford.
Car insurers created the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (or IIHS) to reduce the number of car accidents — while also calculating the rate of injuries in car crashes as well. A new demonstration by the IIHS showed what kind of influence size has in a head-on car crash.
The three tests involved a smaller car in a head-on car accident going 40mph towards full size cars in their same make. The three combinations of this demonstration were the Smart Fortwo vs. a Mercedes C-Class, a Honda Fit vs. a Honda Accord and a Toyota Yaris vs. a Toyota Camry.
In all three exhibitions, the smaller car (Fortwo, Fit and Yaris) was demolished by the other larger car. The Smart Fortwo, a German car developed by Daimler, went airborne and spun 450 degrees in the car accident. All three spokesmen for the companies involved said the test simulated a rare and unusual condition.
That might be true, but the possibility of that type of car accident does exist, but for our firm’s car accident attorneys, that means that the possibility of pain and suffering out on the road still exists, too.
Call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you. We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case. No fee if no recovery.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines