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Crash tests show pickup passengers more vulnerable than drivers

Since 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been carrying out crash tests on the driver's side of vehicles. In 2017, it commenced analyzing the passenger's side as well. Now IIHS researchers have found out something about safety in newer two-row pickup trucks that should be of interest to pickup owners in North Carolina.

The IIHS found that passengers are more likely than the drivers to suffer either injuries or death. Out of 11 pickups that were crash tested, only three achieve the highest rating of "good." These were the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan. The Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma were given the next best rating of "acceptable."

Five vehicles were ranked as "marginal" in performance. Four models (the GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado 1500) were all General Motors vehicles while the Nissan Frontier ranked fifth. The Toyota Tundra came in last with a rating of "poor." Perhaps due to the lack of major redesigns since 2014, it struggled to maintain its structure in the crash tests. Many of the other vehicles have been recently overhauled.

By comparison, nine of the trucks ranked "good" when it came to driver side performance. Two, the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Frontier, were deemed "marginal." The discrepancy, though, is obvious and shows that automakers may not be taking passenger safety seriously.

Passengers injured in car accidents may be able to seek compensation if they were the victims of negligence. With legal assistance, they may file a personal injury claim against the very driver with whom they were riding. The driver's insurer will likely fight the claim, but victims may have their lawyer strive for a fair settlement covering medical bills, lost wages and more. As a last resort, an attorney may prepare the case for trial.

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