What does the term crashworthiness refer to?

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Crashworthiness refers to the ability of a vehicle to prevent injuries to the occupants in the event of a collision. Structure and restraints (safety belts and airbags) are the main aspects of a vehicle’s design that determine its crashworthiness.

An efficient crashworthy vehicle design evenly distributes force from a crash over an increased period and distance. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) evaluates a vehicle's crashworthiness using five tests:

  • moderate overlap front;
  • small overlap front;
  • side impact;
  • roof strength;
  • head restraints & seats.

To determine the crashworthiness of a vehicle, IIHS rates vehicles as good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in these tests. The vehicles that perform best in the tests qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK, which has been awarded since the 2006 model year, or TOP SAFETY PICK+, which was inaugurated in 2013.  For quality legal representation, please contact our personal injury attorneys at Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates by calling 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.

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