Study: subcompacts and sports cars see highest fatal crash rate

The automotive research firm has analyzed the rate at which 2013-2017 model vehicles are involved in fatal crashes. Its study was based on data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Those Ohio residents who own a vehicle from that designated period will want to know what models saw the most fatal accidents. compiled a list of 14.

With a fatal accident rate of 10.2 cars per billion miles, the Mitsubishi Mirage headed the list. This was followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8) and Honda Fit (7.7). At the bottom of the list, both with a rate of 5.2, were the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note. The average fatal crash rate for all vehicles was 2.6.

Subcompact cars and sports cars had six entries each and had a fatality rate of 4.5 and 4.6, respectively, making these the most dangerous types of vehicles. The reasons are several. For instance, both types come with few active safety features beyond rearview cameras. Another thing is that sports cars are built for speed, and everyone knows that crashes lead to more severe injuries the greater the speeds involved. Many of these vehicles had four- or five-star safety ratings from the NHTSA, yet they performed poorly during certain crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Those who were in an accident and who find out just how the other driver was at fault may pursue a personal injury claim. A successful third-party insurance claim could cover both monetary and non-monetary damages, but chances are the other side will fight against the claim or try to force victims to settle for less than they deserve. This is one reason why having the assistance of a lawyer may be advisable.