An adult who’s shopping for a new vehicle will often try to find one that’s safe. With the increase in safety features that automakers are putting into cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans, it’s no surprise that newer models are safer than older ones.
Checking out a vehicle’s safety ratings is one way that you can determine if it meets your requirements. There are several points that are factored into a rating. Understanding a few basic points might help you as you go through different options.
What factors go into a safety rating?
There’s more to safety ratings than just crash tests. Vehicles that are 2011 and newer models go through rigorous side-impact and front-impact tests. Besides the results of those, these factors are also considered:
- Rollover resistance: A test simulates the extreme steering that might occur in a crash. Vehicles shouldn’t tip up when this happens.
- Accident avoidance: The test determines how the vehicle handles in emergency situations and under hard braking maneuvers.
- Rear-impact protection: These tests focus on how well the vehicle can protect against injuries like whiplash, which are common in rear-end crashes.
- Roof strength: A test determines how much give the roof has in a rollover crash.
Even in the safest vehicles, injuries can occur in a crash. Victims of these crashes should ensure they’re taking steps to get the medical care they need for their injuries. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation if the crash was due to the negligence of another party. Including all the financial damages in the claim is important because once it’s settled, you can’t go back and ask for more money.