How the Type of Car That Hits You Changes the Injuries You SustainTexas Legal News
Different Vehicles on the Road
In any town or on any highway, it’s easy to see the array of vehicles owned by our fellow citizens. From smart cars to dual rear wheel trucks, also known as “a dually,” the current sizes, shapes, and weights of vehicles on the road vary greatly. These variations exist to serve each individual driver and their needs, which of course differ between drivers. These variations between vehicles are both good and bad, with the good being how there is a vehicle for just about every driver and their needs, and the bad being that each vehicle can cause its own unique damage when involved in an accident.
Vehicle accidents happen every day, and depending on the size and speed of the vehicles involved, damages and injuries can vary greatly. For instance, if a smart car going 25 mph T-bones a Dodge Ram, the occupants in the Ram will probably not have significant injuries. If the situation was reversed, though, the occupants of the smart car could end up with significant injuries.
With different vehicle sizes come different injuries, and with different injuries comes the decision on whether or not a victim should seek the compensation they rightfully deserve. Although it is a hard decision to make, the advice and help from a reputable personal injury lawyer can make the decision much easier and can allow you the peace of mind of knowing that you have someone on your side who can help you through this difficult time.
How Large vs. Small Vehicle Accidents Can Differ
The injuries sustained in crashes that involve different sized vehicles can be quite different, depending on the vehicle you’re in. Take, for example, an accident where a smaller vehicle, such as a compact car, collides with a larger vehicle, like an SUV. Whenever an accident occurs, both vehicle occupants will end up with injuries, but more often, the occupant of the smaller vehicle will end up with worse injuries. The occupants in the smaller car often do not have as much mass to help with stopping a collision, and they do not have the “heft” to keep the damages and injuries to a minimum, which all works against the people in the smaller car.
Larger vehicles, meanwhile, do have these factors in their favor. A larger vehicle has more mass, meaning they cannot be pushed around easily, and they have more metal to help slow the forces in an accident. Also, larger vehicles are typically higher off the ground, meaning that the occupants of these larger vehicles can often avoid certain injuries that can occur to those who are closer to the ground. Larger vehicles also typically have larger engines and more structured front ends, which can help protect the driver and passenger in an accident as well.
In most situations, a larger vehicle will fare better in an accident compared to a smaller vehicle, which also means that the occupants inside the vehicle will be safer as well. As always, be sure to research a vehicle and its safety before buying it to make sure you will be as safe as possible in an accident.
Injury Lawyers Here to Defend You
After suffering from an injury in a vehicle collision, turn to the lawyers who are ready to help you. At DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC, we believe in helping our clients make the best decision for their individual cases, and we are committed to defending your rights and interests until your case is done. Call us today to discuss your case with our lawyers at (832) 767-3568.