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Why size matters in a car accident

Pennsylvania drivers may think that a smaller car is safe because it performed well in crash tests. However, smaller cars are generally less safe than larger cars when an actual collision occurs. This is because smaller cars tend to weigh less, which means that they will absorb more of the impact when they collide with larger vehicles. They also have smaller front ends compared to larger cars.

Therefore, those who are in a larger and heavier car are more likely to walk away from an accident compared to those in a smaller car. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, smaller cars have a fatality rate twice that of larger vehicles. It is important for those who are interested in smaller cars to understand how those tests were conducted. For instance, cars are judged based on how well they handle collisions with cars of a similar size and weight.

They may also be judged based on how well they do in collisions with stationary objects as opposed to how well they handle collisions with moving targets. However, this doesn't mean that there are no good reasons to buy a smaller car. They may be able to handle better in addition to being easier to park. Those who are concerned about getting good gas mileage may want to buy smaller cars.

Individuals who are involved in a car accident that causes serious injury may be entitled to compensation from the party responsible for the crash. In some cases, multiple parties may be responsible, and an attorney may be able to obtain compensation from all who may be liable. However, this may only be true if negligence caused the crash to take place. If so, compensation may help to pay for medical bills or make up for lost wages.

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