In order to avoid becoming a car accident statistic, many Rhode Island drivers pay attention to crash test safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A “five-star” NHTSA safety rating can go a long way toward easing anxieties about serious injury risks.
But the stars don’t tell the whole story. In a study analyzing data from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranked the vehicles that pose the greatest chance of a driver dying while operating them.
Although the risks of dying in a car crash have dropped in the last three years, some vehicles remain less safe than others. Is your car among them?
The Top 10 Deadliest Vehicles
The IIHS study picked out these vehicles as the “top 10” most dangerous, based on driver deaths per million registered vehicles:
- Kia Rio: 149 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles, including 96 fatal multiple-vehicle crashes.
- Nissan Versa Sedan: 130 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 51 fatal rollover accidents.
- Hyundai Accent (4-door): 120 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 65 deadly multiple-vehicle crashes.
- Chevrolet Aveo (4-door): 99 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 65 deadly multiple-vehicle accidents.
- Hyundai Accent (2-door): 86 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 48 fatal single-vehicle crashes.
- Chevrolet Camaro: 80 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 60 deadly single-vehicle accidents.
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4WD: 79 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 40 deadly multiple-vehicle crashes.
- Honda Civic (2-door): 76 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 46 fatal multiple-vehicle crashes.
- Nissan Versa Hatchback: 71 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 37 fatal multiple-vehicle accidents.
- Ford Focus (4-door): 70 deaths per 1 million vehicles, including 55 deadly multiple-vehicle accidents.
Tips for Choosing a Safer Car
To choose a safer vehicle:
- Don’t choose a vehicle that hasn’t been tested. Four of the top five deadliest vehicles in the IIHS study had not yet been tested by NHTSA (the fifth vehicle, the Nissan Versa Sedan, received only two stars).
- Examine crash test safety ratings from multiple, reputable sources. NHTSA’s star-based safety ratings are only one source of information. The IIHS and other agencies also perform regular studies. Compare results before choosing a vehicle.
- Check for recalls. Vehicle recall information can help you choose a safer car. Check recalls at the NHTSA website or use Google News to search for recent recall information.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you need immediate legal help from a lawyer who has experience handling serious personal injury lawsuits in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush provide free case reviews to motor vehicle accident victims and their families. Call us at 855-801-6262 or fill out a contact form to set up a free legal consultation. We have four offices located in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket to easily serve you.