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SUVs Are the Safest Vehicles

By David Peel

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, report covering auto fatalities 2012 through 2015 confirmed the following as the very safest vehicles:

SUV -Audi Q7

SUV -Volkswagen Tiguan

SUV -Mazda CX-9

Pick up -Toyota Tacoma DC-LWB

Large Sedan -Audi A6

SUV Jeep Cherokee

Large Sedan -BMW 535

SUV -Lexus RX 350

Large Sedan -Lexus CT 200h

SUV -Mercedes-Benz M & GLE-class

SUVs and large four door sedans are safer largely because they are heavier. The Physics of crashes simply favors the heavier mass.

For example, when a car crashes into a wall, if the front end is long enough to crush twice as much as another car’s in a barrier crash at the same speed, its restrained occupants will experience half as much force as the people in the smaller car because it takes them twice as long to stop.

When two cars going the same speed crash front to front, the outcome depends in part on the cars’ relative weights.

The heavier car will push the lighter car backward during the impact, which means the velocity change of the heavier car will be much less than that of the lighter car. If the lighter car weighs half as much as the heavier car, the forces on its occupants will be twice as great.

For example, when two cars collide with each going 40 miles per hour, and one of them weighs twice as much as another, “the heavy car pushes the light one backward at 13 miles per hour. The velocity change of the light car (53 mph) is twice that of the heavier car (27 mph).”

The most deadly cars are predictably small.

The highest fatality rates are in the:

Hyundai Accent,

Kia Rio and the

Scion tC.

Peel seeks justice for those injured in tractor trailer and car accidents, medical malpractice, and disability. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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