Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Not All Car Crashes are Created Equal

Which type of car crash do you think is worse?

  • A full head-on crash
  • A collision that clips the front corner of your car

The answer is not as obvious as you might think.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, frontal crashes of all kinds are the most likely to result in fatalities. However, most vehicles today are constructed with safety cages and crumple zones that protect well against straight head-on crashes, but not as well against front-corner crashes. or “offset frontal crashes.” In many cases, the more offset the crash — that is, the smaller the area of the corner that makes contact — the worse a vehicle fares. When the institute recently introduced into its testing program a so-called small overlap frontal crash, where only 25 percent of the front end makes contact, many cars that had previously scored well on frontal-crash tests came up surprisingly short.

The institute cites several reasons why front-corner crashes are worse than you might expect:

  • In a full frontal crash, the impact is spread over the full width of the car, while in an offset crash, the same amount of energy is concentrated into a smaller area.
  • The outer edges of most cars are not as well protected by crumple zones and other structural protections as the middle area.
  • The design of airbags and safety belts makes them more effective in full frontal crashes, where occupants are not as likely to be thrown sideways.

The only good car crash, of course, is no crash at all. But when accidents do happen, be sure you have a knowledgeable Maryland attorney to help you make sense of what happened and get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to discuss your legal rights and options. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.