Georgia drivers may be interested to learn that there were a reported 34,247 fatal motor vehicles accidents in 2017 that resulted in 37,133 deaths. Even with automakers consistently coming out with new safety features and high-tech crash avoidance systems, car accidents are still the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers. This may be due to certain vehicles being historically more deadly than others. Therefore, those who are looking for used vehicles for younger or newer drivers should choose their new car carefully.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety identified the most dangerous cars with model years between 2013 and 2017 that are common on the roadways today. At the very top of the list, the Mitsubishi Mirage, a subcompact car, had a fatal crash rate of 10.2 vehicles per billion vehicle miles in 2017. At No. 2, the Chevrolet Corvette had a crash rate of 9.8 vehicles per billion miles. Finally, the small Honda Fit had a fatal crash rate of 7.7 vehicles per billion vehicle miles.
There is no mystery as to why smaller vehicles tend to be more deadly. Smaller cars are simply not able to protect their occupants as well as larger, heavier vehicles due to the laws of physics. Furthermore, vehicles that have the highest recorded fatality rates also tend to score poorly in the IIHS crash tests.
Even someone who gets hurt while driving an unsafe vehicle could be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by another motorist. A personal injury attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit against the liable driver or the associated insurance companies. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, the attorney may seek compensation for property damage, medical costs, future medical costs associated with the injuries and lost income.