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Small cars perform poorly in crash tests

Tests show that there may be substantial risk of injury for those drivers of subcompact cars involved in vehicle accidents.
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    February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Gas prices have led many individuals to consider buying a vehicle that is more fuel efficient. Automakers have designed several cars that improve the miles-per-gallon that drivers receive, and many of these vehicles are small, subcompact models. With the sales of these cars increasing, there has been some concern regarding their performance when involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put 11 minicars from different manufacturers through crash tests to check how they would respond in certain types of vehicle accidents. Out of the 11 cars tested, 10 failed. The one vehicle that actually did manage to "pass" the test received only an acceptable rating.

In the test, the car hits a barrier at 40 mph with only one-fourth of its front bumper on the driver's side. The vehicles that performed the worst in the tests saw the steering column pushed back into the driver due to the impact, potentially reducing the effectiveness of the airbag and leading to extremely serious injuries. Some crashes resulted in the front of the vehicle being completely collapsed, as the cars did not have enough reinforcements to absorb the force of the collision.

While these crash tests have spend a significant amount of time determining what would happen in a crash, drivers of these vehicles need to be very alert when driving on roadways. Smaller cars can be much more difficult for other motorists to see, which could lead to abrupt lane changes that cut the vehicles off in traffic. This could cause the driver to have to take immediate action to avoid a crash, which could lead to very serious injuries when traveling at a high rate of speed.

Drivers also must be aware of some of the limitations present in these vehicles. Smaller cars often will have less powerful engines, making it more difficult to increase speeds when passing other vehicles.

Despite some of these potential dangers, the popularity of smaller vehicles will continue to increase. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discover if you may be able to pursue compensation from other parties involved in the crash.

Your attorney will take the time to examine your accident and learn the reasons why the crash occurred. You may be contacted by the insurers of the other parties, as they may be willing to settle your claims. You should be very cautious about accepting these offers, as they may be for substantially less than the damages and expenses that you have already incurred. Do not accept any offers until you know the true value of your claims.

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