Bigger, Heavier Vehicles are Safer in Crashes: Study

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Bigger, Heavier Vehicles are Safer in Crashes: Study

A recent study aims to debunk the validity of crash tests.

Researchers from the University at Buffalo conducted a study using a different methodology to evaluate the safety of vehicles, other than the standard industry ratings and found that cars with a five-star safety rating might not necessarily be the safest vehicles on the road.

“One of my pet peeves is that I don’t think consumers have very good information about vehicle safety,” said Dietrich Jehle, MD, professor of emergency medicine in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Neither media advertising nor the five-star safety ratings accurately reflect the level of danger or lack of danger in vehicles.”

The study looked at personal injury claims data as an indicator of vehicle safety in the 17 states that have no-fault insurance. By looking at the frequency of personal injury claims for specific vehicles, the researchers conducted a retrospective study of 360 vehicle models from 2010-2012.

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The vehicles with the lowest frequency of personal injury claims were large pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, including the Dodge Ram, Ford F-150, Range Rover, Volvo XC60, Audi A6, Toyota Tacoma and Cadillac Escalade. Vehicles that had the highest frequency of personal injury claims include numerous compact cars: Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Galant, Nissan Sentra, Dodge Caliber, Scion tC, Nissan Versa hatchback, Chrysler 200, Nissan Rogue and Ford Fiesta.

“We found that vehicle type, curb weight and price are all significant predictors of personal injury cost,” Jehle said. “For every additional $10,000 you spend, injuries go down by almost 12 percent. We also found that for every 1,000-pound increase in weight, vehicles were 19 percent safer.”

  • craigcole

    This just in from the department of No S***, a division of The Patently Obvious.

  • serendipity

    Ok, I’m going to drive an extra extra armor plated Humvee, bring it on Range Rovers

  • Kinetis

    “Hi Honey, I bought a supercar cause it’s the safest thing on the road.”

  • Vitold Rta

    This study ‘forgot’ to consider gender, age of a driver. It also does not consider miles driven and average number of passengers carried (not many take family for a trip in a Tacoma). Such errors and omissions do not reflect well on University at Buffalo or it’s faculty.

  • Vitold Rta

    One more thing, if pickup driver died in an accident he/she would not have filed personal injury claim….while this ‘study’ uses personal injury claim stats to find their safest vehicles.

  • DoubleCoppers

    The family and the insurance company would file a claim.

  • DoubleCoppers

    Did you look at the published study to determine this, or are you basing that statement on what’s written above? If you didn’t look at the study, you are making many unfounded assumptions.

  • Vitold Rta

    If deceased driver’s family had a case they would file wrongful death claim not personal injury claim.

  • Vitold Rta

    “Jehle noted that one limitation of the
    HLDI data the study used does not account for miles driven per
    vehicle, which was why the researchers excluded sports cars, which
    typically are driven less frequently than most other passenger
    vehicles.”

  • DoubleCoppers

    Most people consider death to be a serious personal injury, but you separate them? Nothing in the reports of the study say the HLDI data excludes deaths.. You do know what happens when you assume, right?

  • DoubleCoppers

    He didn’t forget; he acknowledged the limitation of the research data available for the study. You could give him credit for recognizing and stating that; instead, you insinuate he ignored known facts and his conclusions are completely false. It’s obvious you have an agenda to demean and discredit the study; the question is “Why?”

  • DoubleCoppers

    This study was a No S*** waste of money. Newton’s 3rd law (Conservation of Momentum) has been in written form for over 300 years, and tells us the heavier vehicle (and people inside) in a collision will be less affected than a lighter vehicle. I personally want to be in the 5000 pound SUV, not the 2000 lb sardine can, in a collision.

  • Pete Flynn

    Dang! I missed buying that H2 with the extra 800lbs of nerf bars and skid plates. Maybe I can get a surplus military Hummer?