SUV vs. Sedan Safety 

Dawn Pinnisi

January 18, 2023

Every day, there are millions of cars on the roads in New Jersey. Within this highly-populated state where commuters rely on their vehicles for transportation, it is common for accidents to happen. For this reason, many people look for advanced safety features when considering the purchase of a new vehicle.

With all of the cars on the market, one of the first questions that comes up when buying a car is whether an SUV or a sedan is a safer option. In either case, an accident might still cause injuries, and you should never hesitate to contact a car accident attorney for help.

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Evaluating the Safety of an SUV vs. Sedan

When starting to review the safest vehicle, it is important to remember that there are many different scenarios that can cause an accident. For example, an SUV may perform better in a collision with a smaller vehicle simply given the larger size giving it the advantage. Additionally, some people feel safer in the larger SUV because they are higher off the ground and might have a better range of view, giving them more time to react.

That said, while SUVs might be the safer choice in the event of a front-end collision, other scenarios might be better for the sedan. For example, in inclement weather, when the roads are icy, an SUV has a higher chance of rolling over because of its higher center of gravity. A sedan could be more stable in this situation.

Sedans have been found to be safer and cause less damage when in a collision with a similar-sized car. They fare much worse when they are involved in a car accident with a larger model SUV.

Choosing the right vehicle is an important decision that requires careful consideration. A few sources that can help evaluate which class of vehicle is the best option include:

  • Read reviews published by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). This resource can help outline accident statistics and recalls for various vehicles.
  • Look at the Consumer Reports that review the specific model of the car you’re considering.
  • Ask friends and family for their opinions and experiences on cars they drive that are similar to the ones you are thinking of purchasing.
  • Test drive several SUVs and sedans to see which you feel more comfortable driving.
  • Check the Center for Auto Safety website to read about any known issues on the vehicles you are evaluating.

Accidents happen regardless of how prepared we are. If you have been in a car accident, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Remember that any vehicle has its own risks, and for this reason, it is prudent to research the safety statistics of the specific model you are considering before you purchase a new car or sedan.

Contact a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident and believe that the other driver is at fault, it is advisable to speak with an experienced attorney who can talk through your options. Reach out to schedule a free initial consultation with the dedicated team at Varcadipane & Pinnisi, P.C., and learn how we can help.

Dawn M. Pinnisi

Dawn M. Pinnisi is a distinguished attorney with a track record of excellence in advocating for victims of injury and negligence. Dawn is a Founding Partner of the Firm, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been awarded by the National Trial Lawyers.

University: J.D. Brooklyn Law School

Bar Number: 33771999

Locations: New Jersey and New York.

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