Car Models Most Often Involved in Fatal Car Accidents
While modern cars are significantly safer than their predecessors thanks to significant advances in technological safety measures, it is still wise to analyze the relative safety of newer vehicles. ISeeCars.com recently analyzed data provided by the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to determine which cars were involved in occupant fatalities from car crashes. Many car accidents happen due to driver distraction or driver negligence. However, sometimes problems with the car itself cause a car accident.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident with one of the vehicle models listed below, it is wise to speak with an experienced North Carolina based car accident attorney. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our attorneys know how to investigate car accident cases thoroughly. When necessary, our attorneys use our network of experts to investigate, demonstrate, and if necessary testify to any mechanical flaws in the motor vehicle that caused the car accident. Contact our skilled personal injury attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation.Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Data
ISeeCars.com analyzed U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data from more than 25 million used cars. The study examined cars with model years ranging from 2013-2017 and found that 14 car models are at least twice as likely as the average vehicle to be involved in a fatal accident. The data indicated that driver and passenger fatalities occurred almost twice as often in sports cars and subcompact cars than average motor vehicles.
- Mitsubishi Mirage: Although it makes up a very low ownership percentage of the U.S. market the Mitsubishi Mirage was the car most often involved in passenger and driver fatalities. The Mirage is a subcompact car available at a reasonable price. Size and weight are two factors that majorly impact overall vehicle safety. Many of the cars most often involved in fatalities are sub-compact when a subcompact car collides with an SUV or truck, the possibility of injuries or fatalities increases.
- Chevrolet Corvette: The Chevrolet Corvette had a 9.8 fatal accident rate, making it the second most dangerous motor vehicle in the study. First introduced in 1953, the Chevy Corvette is known for its sports car aesthetic. Sleeker than the average bulky American car, the Corvette can be a prized possession. Because the Corvette is a sports car, its drivers may be more inclined to drive at excessive speeds or aggressively. These two factors could contribute to the Corvette experiencing a high rate of fatal car accidents.
- Honda Fit: The Honda Fit is a trendy sub-compact motor vehicle. With a starting price of just $16,190 and a favorable mile per gallon gas rating, the Honda Fit is a smart choice for consumers of all income levels. Unfortunately, the Honda Fit came in #3 for in the FARS report for vehicles most often involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents.
- Kia Forte: The Kia Forte, also known as the K3, is another popular compact car produced by Kia Motors in South Korea. The Kia Forte is available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, and a five-door hatchback. Kia has stated that they designed the Kia Forte to appeal to younger car buyers who are looking for a sharper, more modern auto design. The two-door coupe comes with a twin-scroll turbocharged version that is also appealing to young buyers. Like other vehicles on the list, the small size and low weight of the Kia Forte may contribute to the vehicle being in more fatal accidents than other vehicles.
- Chevrolet Spark: The advertising slogan for the Chevrolet Spark is "the city go-getter." Chevy designed this compact car to be able to slide into tight parking spots easily. Marketed toward urban city dwellers, the Chevy Spark is small and packed with entertainment options. The Spark comes in three different models, the LS, 1LT, and the ACTIV, which features roof rails. Buyers find this car appealing because of its excellent EPA-estimated 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway. Like the other cars listed, this sub-compact vehicle is lightweight and small.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In some instances, motor vehicles have dangerous defective designs that contribute or cause motor vehicle accidents. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our attorneys know how to investigate the causes of motor vehicle accidents thoroughly. Call us now at 704.370.2828 to speak with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.