In 2017, 37,133 people died in automobile accidents on roads in New Jersey and throughout the United States. This is according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Generally speaking, smaller cars are more likely to be involved in an accident that results in injury or death. The higher fatality rates among smaller vehicles is a result of basic physics. In most cases, larger cars can withstand an impact better than smaller ones can.
Sports cars may also be more likely to be involved in an accident because people tend to drive them in a more aggressive manner. Vehicles that had higher accident rates were also the ones that had few safety features or otherwise scored poorly on crash tests. Among vehicles that had the highest accident rate were the Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Corvette and the Honda Fit. Data was taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and was used only to analyze vehicles from model years 2013 through 2017.
Furthermore, a vehicle was only included in the iSeeCars.com rankings if it was involved in a fatal accident between 2012 and 2017. Vehicles that were discontinued or were not sold in large volumes were also not considered in this analysis. While many newer cars do come with advanced safety features, drivers are encouraged to take their safety into their own hands.
It is not uncommon for a motor vehicle accident to leave people injured or dead. In some cases, this may include the person who caused the accident to happen. However, injured victims are generally entitled to reimbursement for costs incurred in a crash regardless of the negligent party’s fate. An attorney may be able to provide more insight into what rights an accident victim has and how to preserve those rights.