BUFFALO, N.Y. – When a Hummer and a Versa collide, most people can assume the Hummer will win. The Versa is not only much smaller than a Hummer, it’s also much cheaper. With a price tag of around $13,000, the Nissan Versa was credited as 2015’s cheapest set of wheels.
Why does the price tag matter? New research is showing a vehicle’s cost can be deal breaker when it comes to safety. Sure, the Hummer (H2 series) is much larger than the compact Versa, but it also carries a much larger sticker at about $32,000.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo found there’s a correlation between accidents with serious injuries and the price of the cars involved in the crash.
Buffalo car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes said when it comes to safety, you get what you pay for.
“Larger vehicles are almost always more expensive but they can also keep drivers safe in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “The type of vehicle, the weight and the price are all significant factors in predicting the cost of a personal injury.”
According to research, for every $10,000 spent on a vehicle, injuries go down by over 10 percent. Researchers said vehicles also become 19 percent safer for every thousand pounds.
Larger vehicles also cost to manufacture. The obvious reason is that they require more materials, and sometimes more parts. However, Buffalo car accident lawyers said SUVs and trucks also have an unappreciated safety feature: space.
“The larger the vehicle, the more space it has to compress,” Cellino said. “Crumple zones are now built into every vehicle but the old saying ‘bigger is better’ is still true when it comes to car safety.”
When analyzing the number of injuries associated with vehicles, the top 25 to 50 vehicles are all smaller cars with smaller price tags.
Luckily, carmakers are beginning to place more focus on vehicle safety. Most dealerships offer the latest safety technology like automatic brakes on premium vehicle packages, which cost more. Some vehicles will place the newest safety features in standard packages but it’s up to the consumer to find out which cars offer this protection at no additional cost.
So, if you can’t pay for protection with your checkbook, check the boxes and make sure you’re getting the best deal for your safety.