When you are involved in a car accident in the state of Washington, being in a smaller car can definitely make a difference in your survivability. It raises the question of the impact that smaller cars have had on the accident numbers within Washington state.
Too many people die or are injured in car accidents in Washington every day. Weather, poorly maintained roads, careless drivers and equipment that doesn't work correctly are all reasons for the uptick in car accidents.
A study was done based on the statistics from 1973-1979 dealing with all sizes of cars. The purpose of this study was to determine the severity of the different sizes and classes of cars in particular. It demonstrated what we all know to be true: smaller vehicles have a higher proportion of injury when involved in an accident.
Surprisingly enough, larger cars were involved in accidents, based on the criteria of the study, more often than smaller cars. While more injuries and deaths happened when small cars were in the accident, larger cars were more often found to be in the accident itself.
Sometimes, no matter what you do or the precautions you take, an accident is unavoidable. Due to the reckless, distracted and careless driving of others, you are injured or even lose a loved one because of this.
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in an auto accident in Washington, you are likely to face a number of different issues. Besides the obvious pain and suffering from your injuries, there are the mounting medical bills, loss of income, permanent disability and the emotional and mental hardship that you must face. A personal injury attorney can help you by filing a civil lawsuit on your behalf seeking compensation from the at-fault party.
Source: Washington State Department of Transportation, "Small car accident experience in Washington state" Nov. 22, 2014