Everyone seems to be going green. From home improvement to tiny cars, every industry is affected by the proposed initiatives by the government to clean up the environment. But how safe are the new “smart cars” that we have suddenly seen an influx of on our streets and highways? Would their drivers survive a car accident?
According to testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Smart “Fortwo” received the highest safety rating for front-end and side collisions available in its size class. The Institute specified, however, that a larger, heavier car could protect you just as well, even if it were given a lower crash rating.
We had earlier blogged about crash tests comparing Smart and other microcars to small sedans, but another possible risk is the very compact crumple zones that Smart cars utilize. Although the Smart Car has a strong steel cage surrounding the passenger compartment, during severe crashes, the crumple zones might fold into the passenger area, leading to limb injuries. So far, the Smart car seems like a safe vehicle, but its actual safety in road conditions will only be fully known as more and more of them are on the road.
If you have been seriously injured in a moving vehicle accident, please contact experienced car crash attorney Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A., located in Columbus, Ohio and learn how you can regain control of your life.