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Many vehicles not prepared to handle partial collisions

Head-on collisions are a concern for many drivers, and in looking for a vehicle to purchase, safety performance in these crashes is often a way to market new vehicles. But according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only three of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars earned good or acceptable ratings in a new overlap frontal crash test.

Despite the fact that overlap crashes are responsible for nearly one quarter of all fatal front-end collisions, overlap crashes are often overlooked from a safety perspective. In this type of serious injury, the collision takes place primarily at a car's outer edges, which are not well protected, and may leave drivers vulnerable to serious injury and death. Many cars are simply not designed to keep drivers safe in these crashes.

The key to protecting occupants in these crashes, according to the IIHS, is to place a strong safety cage around the driver, which is capable of resistance deformation and maintaining a safe space for occupants.

Hopefully more will be done to improve the safety of vehicles from the standpoint of overlap crashes. Those in Wisconsin and other states should be aware that, in any accident, serious injury or death is a possibility. The medical costs stemming from serious injury can be enormous, and those injured by an accident are able to recover their losses through a personal injury suit.

Legal action is never an easy thing to undertake, but sometimes it is the only reasonable option. Having an experienced attorney can help maximize the amount of recovery an accident victim is able to win.

Source: ABC News, "Partial Collisions Prove More Dangerous in New Crash Test," August 14, 2012

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