How Safe Is My Car - IIHS Safe Vehicle List for 2016

Each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases its top picks for the safest cars and vehicles based on crashworthiness and crash avoidance. IIHS has just released its Top Safety Pick for 2016. How does your car compare? You can find the full safe vehicle list on the IIHS website.

How Does a Car Qualify as a Top Pick Safe Vehicle?

According to the IIHS, a crashworthy design reduces the risk of death and injury to the occupants of the vehicle. The good news is that passenger vehicles appear to be safer today than they have ever been since IIHS began testing crashworthiness. The IIHS tests analyze the vehicles safety restraints (i.e. seatbelts and airbags) and the strength of the vehicle's structure. A vehicle rated high for crashworthiness has elements that protect the occupants from injury when the vehicle is hit by another vehicle or when the vehicle collides with an object.

Crashworthiness Testing

In order to rate a vehicle's crashworthiness, the IIHS uses tests to determine how the vehicle will withstand a crash. When searching for a safe vehicle, you want to know that the vehicle is constructed in a manner that will offer you the most protection if you are involved in a car accident. Since you cannot crash vehicles yourself to see how they will stand up in an accident, the IIHS does that for you.

  • Frontal Crash Tests - Frontal crashes are the most common type of car accident that results in fatalities. It is import for a safe vehicle to score high in this test. When rating a vehicle in this category, the IIHS looks at the structure performance, the movement of the crash test dummy in the vehicle, and the injuries sustained by the dummy during the crash.
  • Side Crash Tests - Side crashes account for approximately 25% of motor vehicle fatalities. It is difficult to protect against side crashes because there is not very much structure between the person and the vehicle or object colliding with the vehicle and you typically have a window. The test measures the injuries sustained by the crash test dummy, the head protection, and the structure. Side airbags can help provide additional protection.
  • Roof Strength Test - Rollovers are common in high-speed collisions but also can occur in any vehicle accident. The roof of a safe vehicle should withstand a force of at least four times the vehicle's weight before the roof crushes by five inches.
  • Head Restraints & Seat Test - Even low impact rear collision can cause severe whiplash and other neck and back injuries. Head restraints and seats are important factors in reducing the risk of injury during a car crash. A safe vehicle rated by the IIHS has a head restraint and seat that provides good protection against neck injuries in an accident.

You can read more information about how the IIHS tests vehicles on the IIHS website. It provides a great deal of information about how to choose a safe vehicle for you and for your family.

Have You Been Injured in a Lancaster, PA Car Accident?

Unfortunately, no one has invented a vehicle that offers 100% protection in a motor vehicle accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Lancaster or anywhere in the surrounding area, we can help. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys of Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC to schedule a free consultation. We will take care of the legal aspect of your personal injury claim while you focus on what is most important - healing from your injuries.


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