Fatal crash rate at its highest in subcompacts and sports cars

On Behalf of | May 18, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

Drivers of subcompacts and sports cars in Louisiana should know that these vehicles types see the highest rate of fatal accidents. This is according to a study from iSeeCars.com. The automotive research firm analyzed data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and focused on vehicles with a model year between 2013 and 2017.

While the fatal crash rate for all vehicles on average was 2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles, that for subcompacts and sports cars was 4.5 and 4.6. The study gave a list of 14 vehicles with a fatal crash rate at least double that of the average, and subcompacts and sports cars had six entries each.

At the head of the list with a startling fatal crash rate of 10.2 was the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage. This was followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8) and the Honda Fit (7.7). The Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note (both 5.2) rounded out the list.

There are several factors that could explain this trend. For one thing, most subcompacts and sports cars come with few active safety features beyond a rearview camera. Another factor is that sports cars will naturally be in crashes where the injuries are more severe because they are meant to be driven at high speeds.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents who have suffered a serious injury can be entitled to compensation if they were not to blame. They could be covered for their medical treatments, the income they lost during their recovery, a diminished capacity to earn a living and pain and suffering, among other things. It can be hard to file a claim against another driver’s insurance company, so victims may want a lawyer to assist them. The lawyer may handle all negotiations, litigating if a settlement isn’t reached.