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Are vehicles with three rows safer in an auto accident?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2021 | Car Accidents |

In a Virginia motor vehicle accident, occupants can suffer catastrophic injuries and death. When people decide what type of automobile to purchase, safety is a primary consideration. Research can be useful to determine which vehicles have the best safety records. One type of vehicle that has become prominent on the nation’s roadways in recent years is a three-row SUV. For people thinking about these issues, it is important to weigh the risks before buying.

Common sense safety strategies for third-row passengers

Given the increase in sales for three-row SUVs, their history is a greater focus. Tests are being conducted to assess what can happen to passengers in the third row of these vehicles if there is a crash. Still, crash test dummies can only tell so much and a significant portion is contingent on the type of test that is done. Most tests examine frontal impact collisions and not rear-end accidents.

In the absence of testing and certainty as to what is safe and what is not, the fundamentals come to the forefront. That includes appropriate car seats for children, proper installation, being strapped in correctly, and knowing how a head restraint should be fitted. If there is a motor vehicle accident, a full investigation should be conducted to determine its cause and proceed accordingly. Auto accidents can lead to massive medical costs, the need for extensive care, problems contributing to family and work limitations. When there is a fatality, the family left behind deserves to know why. The safety of the automobile itself should be scrutinized.

Considering all options is key after an SUV accident

An advantage of these vehicles is the extra room they provide. However, safety is crucial when driving or riding in an automobile. Given the lack of data regarding the potential risk of three-row SUVs, it is wise to adhere to the basics of wearing seatbelts, driving cautiously, and paying attention to the road.