10.0 Safety of Life:

10.6Common Accidents:

According to recent accident statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the most common highway accident occurs when a typical vehicle operator collides with a vehicle stopped, slowed or decelerating abruptly in front of it. As a result of competition, vehicle manufacturers have necessarily been more focused on production costs, fuel mileage and vehicle weight than vehicle safety structures (such as "deformable structures@ found in race cars). The result is often catastrophic deformity of vehicle passenger compartments, particularly in upper rear or upper side impact involving sub-compact vehicles. Mass becomes a more deadly factor when a typical personal car is struck by a large truck or bus at a high differential speed.