The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released an article discussing how improved vehicle designs are decreasing car accident fatalities. In the article the IIHS provided which vehicles had the lowest rates of driver deaths and which ones had the highest rates of driver deaths from 2011 and equivalent earlier models, 2009-2012, as follows:
Cars with Lowest Rates of Driver Deaths
|1.||Audi A4 4WD||luxury car||midsize||0 deaths|
|2.||Honda Odyssey||minivan||very large||0 deaths|
|3.||Kia Sorento 2WD||SUV||midsize||0 deaths|
|4.||Lexus RX 350 4WD||luxury SUV||midsize||0 deaths|
|5.||Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD||luxury||SUV large||0 deaths|
|6.||Subaru Legacy 4WD||4-door car||midsize||0 deaths|
|7.||Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD||SUV||midsize||0 deaths|
|8.||Toyota Sequoia 4WD||SUV||large||0 deaths|
|9.||Volvo XC90 4WD||luxury SUV||midsize||0 deaths|
|10.||Honda Pilot 4WD||SUV||midsize||2 deaths|
|11.||Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4WD||luxury SUV||midsize||3 deaths|
|12.||Ford Crown Victoria||4-door car||very large||4 deaths|
|13.||GMC Yukon 4WD||SUV||large||4 deaths|
|14.||Acura TL 2WD||luxury car||midsize||5 deaths|
|15.||Chevrolet Equinox 2WD||SUV||midsize||5 deaths|
Cars with Highest Rates of Driver Deaths
|1.||Kia Rio||4-door car||mini||149 deaths|
|2.||Nissan Versa sedan||4-door car||small||130 deaths|
|3.||Hyundai Accent||4-door car||mini||120 deaths|
|4.||Chevrolet Aveo||4-door car||mini||99 deaths|
|5.||Hyundai Accent||2-door car||mini||86 deaths|
|6.||Chevrolet Camaro coupe||sports car||large||80 deaths|
|7.||Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD||pickup||large||79 deaths|
|8.||Honda Civic||2-door car||small||76 deaths|
|9.||Nissan Versa hatchback||4-door car||small||71 deaths|
|10.||Ford Focus||4-door car||small||70 deaths|
|11.||Nissan Cube||station wagon||small||66 deaths|
|12.||Chevrolet HHR||station wagon||small||61 deaths|
|13.||Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD||SUV||very large||60 deaths|
|14.||Chevrolet Aveo||station wagon||mini||58 deaths|
|15.||Mercury Grand Marquis||4-door car||very large||57 deaths|
The fatality numbers are taken from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System. For an interesting comparison check out the IIHS’s highest and lowest death rates by model from 1989, the first year they began publishing this information.
Interesting Statistics Regarding Car Models
The IIHA study looked at vehicle designs from 1985-2012. According to the IIHS article, there were almost 8,000 fewer driver deaths in 2012 than if vehicles had remained the same structurally as they were in 1985. Additionally, there were 28 driver deaths per million for 2011 models in 2012, compared to 48 million for 2008 models in 2009. Furthermore, as of 2007, there were no reports of models with fatality rates of zero. This year, there were nine.
Additionally, drivers of SUVs are less likely to die in a car crash as opposed to other types of vehicles according to the IIHS. As you may recall, in 2005, SUVs had a much higher rate of death due to their tendency to roll over. Six SUVs were included in the highest rates of driver deaths that year. This year, only one is listed in the top 15. The reasoning behind the increased safety—electronic stability control (ESC), which has drastically lessened the risk of rollover crashes in all types of vehicles.
This year mini and small cars made up a majority of the worst cars for fatalities. The main reasoning here—small cars can’t protect themselves from larger ones. According to the IIHS, death rates usually go down as the size of the car goes up.
Unfortunately, even if you have one of the safer vehicles, auto accidents happen. If you are in an auto accident and have been injured contact a Colorado accident attorney today. The Team at McDivitt Law Firm is here to work with you.