Crash Safety Depends on the Car You Drive
When it comes to driving, many factors play into how safe you are on the road. The speed you drive, road conditions, but just as important as these factors is the type of vehicle you drive. If you drive an SUV, a passenger car, a pickup truck, or any other vehicle, you will be affected differently by a crash. Here’s what drivers should know:
Texas Has a Higher Fatal Accident Rate
Texas has a higher rate of fatal accidents compared to the US, representing nearly 10% of all fatal crashes in 2020. In Texas, the top three types of cars to be involved in a fatal crash according to the NHTSA are:
- Four-door sedans at 24%
- Pickup trucks at 21.5%,
- SUVs at 10.7%.
This means that these three vehicle types make up almost 50% of all accident fatalities.
Not All Crashes Are The Same
When a vehicle crashes, it can roll over, causing serious injury or death to the passengers inside the vehicle, or it could catch fire during the accident. Some vehicle types are more prone to incidents occurring. The most dangerous vehicle to be in is an SUV when it comes to rollovers in fatal accidents. According to NHTSA data, In nearly one in four fatal crashes in 2020, SUVs would roll over. Rollovers can cause severe and permanent damage to your brain, spinal cord, internal organs, and bones. These kinds of life-altering injuries are less prevalent in passenger cars, which the NHTSA statistics show have half the rollover rate of SUVs. Passenger cars are, however, more likely to experience a fire during a fatal crash than an SUV is.
Ways to Stay Safe On The Road
One of the best ways to ensure that you stay safe on the road is to give your full attention to the road. Texting while driving and other distracted driving have been shown to dramatically increase accident rates, leading to rollovers and accident fatalities. As well, performing regular checks on smaller parts of the vehicles, such as ensuring that all the lights are functioning and that your tire pressure is correct can help to ensure that you reach your destination safely.
If you’ve been involved in a crash or a rollover, let us fight for you. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Bryan car accident lawyer from The Payne Law Group. Don’t wait. Call us at (979) 300-7406 or reach out through email.