Are you aware that certain cars can put you at a significantly higher risk of suffering serious consequences if you are in a car accident? It’s true. The type, make, and model of the vehicle you are driving can have a substantial impact on your level of safety in the event you are in a car crash. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to drive an extremely safe car. Fortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has compiled data on which cars had the highest and lowest rates of driver deaths per million registered vehicle years for the period between 2015-2018. Being aware of this information can help you make a safe choice if you are considering purchasing a new car.
The top 5 cars on the list with the highest rates of driver deaths are:
- Ford Fiesta: 141 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years
- Hyundai Accent: 116 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years
- Chevrolet Sonic: 98 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years
- Nissan Versa Note: 96 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years
- Fiat 500: 95 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years
The Chevrolet Sonic and Nissan Versa Note are both small cars; the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Fiat 500 are all minicars. While small cars and minicars may seem like an appealing and economical choice for someone who just wants a car to get from point A to point B, they’re not the safest option. Despite efforts to make them safer, they’re still one of the most dangerous types of vehicles you can buy, and it’s best to avoid them when possible.
Looking at these statistics, it would be easy to conclude that all cars are dangerous, however, that’s not the case. There are many safe vehicles to choose from. The 7 cars listed below had the lowest rates of driver deaths, according to the IIHS:
- GMC Yukon XL 1500 4WD
- Infiniti QX60 2WD
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4WD
- Lexus NX 200t 4WD
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan 4WD
- Porsche Cayenne 4WD
- Volkswagen Golf
All of the cars listed above had 0 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years. That’s a significant accomplishment and deserves to be acknowledged. The GMC Yukon XL 1500 4WD is a very large car; the Porsche Cayenne 4WD is a large car; the Infiniti QX60 2WD, Lexus NX 200t 4WD, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan 4WD are midsize cars; and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4WD and Volkswagen Golf are small cars. Check here to see other cars that made the list.
If you’re in the market for a new or used car, it’s important to do your homework and compare the safety ratings, performance, and reliability of the different cars you are considering. The statistics from the IIHS are one more helpful resource to check out. At the end of the day, making an informed decision about the vehicle you’re driving will help to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, you must contact the attorneys at The Collins Law Firm as soon as possible. Our team of experienced car accident lawyers will fight for you every step of the way and ensure you get the justice you deserve. Call us today at (630) 527-1595 or fill out our contact form for a FREE evaluation of your case.
Blog by Cat Collins