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Pickup passengers at higher risk than drivers for injury or death

Kentucky residents who own a pickup truck should know that some newer models reveal a discrepancy between driver-side safety and passenger-side safety. This is the conclusion that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reached after a round of crash tests involving 11 modern two-row pickup trucks. The passengers are at a greater risk for injury or death than the drivers.

First off, nine of the pickups had a "good" score concerning driver-side safety. The other two received a rating of "marginal," the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Frontier. On the other hand, only three of the pickups were rated "good" for passenger-side safety: the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan.

The majority, five, were rated "marginal." Four of them were General Motors vehicles: the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and GMC Sierra 1500. The fifth was the Nissan Frontier. Above that were two, the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma, that came in with a rating of "acceptable."

At the bottom, the "poor" rating was given to the Toyota Tundra. Researchers noted how the vehicle struggled to maintain its structure during crash tests whether they involved objects or other vehicles. Unlike some of the other test subjects, the Tundra has not been recently overhauled. Its last major redesign being in 2014, the vehicle is aging, which may partly account for its performance.

Many people suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents. If their injuries are permanent, then they may be able to file a personal injury claim after their initial claim with their own insurer (Kentucky is a no-fault state). This is where having legal representation may be advisable. Lawyers usually have a network of professionals, including crash investigators, who may gather proof against the defendant. Lawyers might also strive for an out-of-court settlement.

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