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The danger of small cars

Any car accident in New Hampshire can be dangerous and can lead to serious injuries, but there is one factor that you can control that may keep you safer: The size of the car you drive.

Studies have found that, despite advances in safety technology, small cars are always a bit more dangerous for those inside than larger vehicles. Part of the reason is simply that better safety features fit into a larger vehicle, especially when looking at crumple zones. A large truck has far more hood and engine space than a small convertible, so there is room for a larger crumple zone that allows more energy to dissipate before it reaches the occupants.

Another factor is the simple physics of an accident. When two cars crash, one is going to continue moving forward, while the other comes to a complete stop and moves backward. Those in the car that reverses direction are more likely to suffer from many injuries, such as whiplash.

When the cars are the same size, the difference in movement may be almost invisible to the naked eye, as both cars appear to collide and stop in a similar fashion. When a larger car hits a smaller one, though, the increased mass gives it far more striking power and it carries through the smaller vehicle. For those in the larger vehicle, the decrease in speed is not as drastic and so some injuries can be avoided. The force that the car exerts is calculated based on its rate of speed and mass, and so the injuries are tied directly to these factors.

If you've been injured in a wreck, look into your legal rights today.

Source: Edmunds, "Are Small Cars Safe?," Ronald Montoya, accessed May. 26, 2015

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