InsuranceJournal.com recently published the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) recent crash safety testing. In this round of testing the IIHS created a new crash test where only the front driver’s corner of the vehicle is involved. This round of testing also only involved small cars. Here is how these small vehicles fared: GOOD 2013 Honda Civic (four-door) 2013 Honda Civic (two-door ACCEPTABLE 2013 Dodge Dart 2013 Ford Focus 2013 Hyundai Elantra 2014 Toyota Scion tC MARGINAL 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2013 Volkswagen Beetle POOR 2013 Kia Soul 2014 Kia Forte 2013 Nissan Sentra Poor performers were noted to have safety cage collapses, driver airbags that moved sideways, and crash dummy occupants hitting dashboard displays during crashes. All of the companies with vehicles tested indicated that they are hard at work on new designs to improve performance on this new insurance industry test. On the bright side, the small cars tested here generally did better than the small-sized SUV’s tested earlier this year. Based upon the results of this testing, and seeing my fair share of wrecked cars as an Orlando accident attorney, I think I’ll stick with our family’s 8-passenger Toyota Sequoia. Clearly, if you have the means, driving a mid-sized or larger vehicle is likely to be a safer experience if you are, unfortunately, involved in a car accident. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...Read More »
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