Roof Strength Correlates With Risk Of Injury

images-7.jpegMany times, motorists feel a false sense of security when they drive a big SUV.  The vehicle size allows drivers to develop that misconception.

However, the truth is that many times an SUV rolls in the midst of an accident, and up to 35% of deaths in vehicles occur because of rolling.  In addition, according to a study that was recently conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an SUV’s roof strength has a direct correlation to the occupants’ risk of injury.  This means that by making a vehicle’s roof stronger, injuries can be reduced greatly.

Currently, the United States government requires a vehicle to withstand a force that is 1.5 times the actual weight of the car before reaching 5 inches of crush.  The governments would like to change that to 2.5 the vehicle’s weight for safety reasons.

Unfortunately, motorists never know when they may be involved in an auto accident.  All that drivers can do is protect themselves by purchasing safe vehicles, have an emergency roadside assistance program, and take safety precautions on the road.

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 at 7:18 am In Emergency Auto Assistance  

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