In accidents involving off-road vehicles, drivers are 28% more likely to dieOctober 13, 2019
In fact, this is a pretty substantial advance in security.
A new study by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that the likelihood of a driver dying in a collision with another vehicle is increased by 28% if the vehicle is an SUV.
At first glance, this is not very good news, but in fact the progress is obvious, because before SUVs were 132% deadlier than ordinary cars. The study examined accidents in the United States from 1989 to 2016 involving vehicles aged from one to four years. These 132% relate to the first period – from 1989 to 1992. By the end of 2016, the risk of death of the driver of the car into which the SUV crashes has significantly decreased.
However, progress has bypassed the pickups. The likelihood that they will kill a car driver in a collision is still 159% higher. And this figure has not only not changed from 1989-1992, but has also worsened since then by one percent. The main reason the IIHS experts called the mass of pickups, since a heavier vehicle will always do more damage in an accident. Another important factor is the amount of ground clearance, since taller cars tend to beat past programmed deformation zones.
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