When people go to buy new cars, what is one of the most important aspects
of their search? Safety, of course. However, it can be hard to decipher
and compare safety information between car brands; this leads many people
to unknowingly purchase dangerous vehicles. Although the rate of drivers
dying in fatal car crashes has fallen during the last three years, this
issue should nonetheless be important to each and every driver.
Recently, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety conducted a study to
find which vehicles are the deadliest to drivers. The IIHS conducted the
study on 2011 models, although models as early as 2008 were included in
the study if the vehicle design had not been changed significantly. The
report qualified the top deadliest vehicles as those having at least 20
driver deaths per million of vehicles.
The following is a list of the top deadliest vehicles and the corresponding
number of driver deaths per million of registered vehicles:
Kia Rio: 149
Nissan Versa Sedan: 130
Hyundai Accent (4-door): 120
Chevrolet Aveo (4-door): 99
Hyundai Accent (2-door): 86
Chevrolet Camaro: 80
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4WD: 79
Honda Civic (2-door): 76
Nissan Versa Hatchback: 71
Ford Focus (4-door): 70
Nissan Cube: 66
Chevrolet HHR: 61
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD: 60
Chevrolet Aveo 5-Door: 58
Mercury Grand Marquis: 57
Jeep Patriot 2WD: 57
Mazda Mazda6: 54
Dodge Nitro 2WD: 51
Honda Civic (4-door): 49
For the entire IIHS study,
click here. Before buying a vehicle, you should consider the following safety features
for maximum protection in the case of a car accident:
Air bags: Choose a vehicle equipped with adaptive (dual-stage) front air bags,
side air bags, and "side curtain" airbags. "Side curtain"
airbags are the newest form of airbag and they prevent occupants from
flying debris and from hitting their heads on the steering wheel or front consoles.
Anti-lock brake system (ABS): ABS allows the driver to retain steering control when braking, which
can help a driver maneuver to avoid an accident and come to a complete
stop faster. It is especially important in bad weather conditions.
Traction control: Limits the amount of wheel spinning that occurs, and is especially important
when it is icy, rainy, or snowing. For even more control, choose a vehicle
with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which helps keep a vehicle on
its intended path during a slippery turn.
Safety belt features: Choose a vehicle equipped with seat belt pretensioners, which instantly
retract the belts to take up slack during frontal impacts, and force limiters,
which limit the force placed on an occupant's shoulders. Also look
for adjustable upper shoulder anchors, which position the seatbelt correctly
according to one's height, and the LATCH system, which is important
for keeping children safe in the car.
Accident-avoidance systems: Look for vehicles with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, forward
collision avoidance braking systems, blind spot and lane departure warnings,
pedestrian safety detection systems, active head restraints, and backup cameras.
Tire pressure monitors: Low tire pressure issues can lead to tire blowouts; purchase a vehicle
that alerts you when you have low tire pressure.
Telematics: The newest in car safety technology, this consists of systems that combining
cellular telephone and GPS technology. These systems can alert police
or emergency aid with the touch of a button in the case of an accident.
Even with diverse and advanced safety features, it is still likely that
in the case of a car accident, especially involving one of the vehicles
above, that someone may be injured. Every state is different, but victims
typically will be able to file a claim to recoup money damages and compensation
for their pain and suffering.
At Goodman Acker P.C. we help
Michigan car accident victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. If you, or someone you know, has been injured in a car accident in the
State of Michigan, call our lawyers at Goodman Acker P.C. With over 30
years of experience, our lawyers can provide the legal assistance you
need to get the maximum compensation as possible. Call today at (248)
793-2010 to speak to an attorney today.