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Car accidents might be more severe for subcompact cars

When people get in their cars, they might expect that all of the latest safety features, and the structural safety of the vehicle is government approved and therefore safe enough to prevent severe injuries. However, many subcompact cars might leave people vulnerable to increased injuries in an accident.

Recent crash tests by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that six out of the 12 subcompact cars that they crash tested were rated "poor", the worst score possible on their scale. None of the cars scored the top score, meaning these cars only had mediocre or bad safety scores. In a car crash, people in subcompact cars might be subject to more injuries than someone in a larger vehicle.

When drivers get behind the wheel they should limit distractions and focus on making the road as safe as possible, both for themselves and for other people. A person's safety shouldn't be determined by the type of car that they drive.

If people can work to reduce distractions, slow down during adverse weather conditions and focus on driving, many accidents can be prevented, and safety features in cars will be less relied upon.

However, if someone is injured in a car accident there might be a few different options that person has. They might need to seek compensation in order to pay for medical expenses. Speaking with an attorney North Carolina can help ensure the person gets the proper level of compensation to pay for medical bills, both now and in the future.

Source: Associated Press, "12 subcompact cars were crash tested. None scored well." Dee-Ann Durbin, Jan. 21, 2014

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