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How Much Does the Size of a Vehicle Protect You During a Collision?

Auto Collision

There are many factors that influence the damage that occurs during an auto collision. The size of your vehicle may just be one.

No one ever wants to be in a car crash. In devastating crashes, where vehicles are totaled, there is no aspect of the car that will really make a difference. However, at the end of the day, if people can walk away with no or minimal injuries, the safety system has done its job. But in smaller collisions, sometimes the age or size of the car or other factors can make a difference in preventing injuries. Most people assume that the larger the vehicle the less likely you are to be injured, but that doesn’t always hold true. Read on for the factors that do affect the safety of the vehicles in a collision.

Weight and Size

Both weight and size do have an effect on damage during a collision, they’re just not the only factors. Larger vehicles tend to have larger hoods, and that extra space provides a bigger crumple or crash zone in a head-on collision. Larger, heavier vehicles are also better able to absorb the force of an impact in any auto collision.


Momentum is a factor that goes hand-in-hand with size. Larger cars have greater momentum, so they require more time to stop. This can be an issue for new drivers, potentially resulting in more accidents. If they do collide with a smaller vehicle, they are more likely to do substantial damage to that smaller vehicle. So if you have a driver who is less aware of the need of increased braking times, having a larger vehicle could be a problem. Being in a smaller vehicle that collides with a bigger vehicle, however, can also be unsafe, since the smaller vehicle will absorb most of the impact.


Here we are referring to the age of the car (not the driver, though that also tends to play a role in collisions), not because of issues that arise as the car ages but because newer cars have more safety features. Once upon a time cars didn’t even have airbags, and now they are standard on everything. As technology advances, more and more features become optional or even standard to improve safety and crash outcomes. Some features that could make your car safer in a collision include side curtain airbags and stability control, while features to prevent collisions include back up cameras and blind spot monitors. Overall, the newer the car is, the more likely it is to have important safety features that help you survive a collision.

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Liberty Collision is here to assist you. As a larger repair and paint shop working within the Randallstown area, our expert technicians are capable of tackling every element of collision repair. We love working with our community and beyond, so drop on by and give us a visit! Our shop is located at 9339 Liberty Rd Randallstown, MD 21132 and we can be contacted by phone at (443) 405-6908 or email at Drop by our shop Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. For future updates and news, give us a follow on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and YouTube.

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