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New SUVs and Pickup Designs Reduce Risks for Other Drivers

Yesterday, in the Detroit News our Illinois accident attorneys read an article about a study that reflected on the new construction and design of sport utility vehicles and pick up trucks. According to a study, these newer models of the larger vehicles are less of risks to other smaller vehicles on the road. The automobile industry has made changes to design in order to lower the likeliness of larger cars causing serious damage or injury when involved in accidents. According to the article, in the past “SUVs and pickups were more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans.”

The decrease in deaths caused by SUV and pickup truck accidents is due to crash prevention technology in cars and vans, side airbags, and stronger designs. The new designs align front-end energy absorbing structures and have been made more “crash-compatible.” Building new bumpers reduces the chance that a larger car can override a smaller one in case of an accident. These changes came as a result of the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instructing automobile companies to address crash-compatibility when designing new cars.

Our Illinois accident attorneys applaud and encourage automobile companies to continue improving vehicle design and safety. Newer structural changes and advances help to reduce the amount of fatal ollisions on the road, and new technological advances help drivers to avoid distractions. Companies are creating new guidelines that all of their automobiles comply with in order to have their car certified for production. Contributing to the decrease in roadway accidents is something that these automobile manufacturers can be proud of.

However, we do acknowledge that accidents involving larger and smaller vehicles do still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident where a driver was negligent, you may be able to receive fair compensation. Serious accidents can result in expensive medical fees, surgeries, and long-term costs. Our Illinois car accident attorneys are experienced in this type of accident, so please contact us if you have any questions. These types of lawsuits not only help victims to receive fair compensation, but they also bring awareness and attention to the current accident safety issues at hand.