Fatal crash rate high among sports cars and subcompacts

On Behalf of | May 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Georgia drivers may want to know the results of a recent fatal crash analysis from iSeeCars.com. Using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and focusing on model year 2013-2017 vehicles, the automotive research firm compiled a list of 14 vehicles that had a fatal crash rate that was double that of the average (2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles). Subcompacts and sports cars made up the majority with six entries each.

At the top of the list was the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage with a fatal crash rate of 10.2, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7) and Kia Forte (7.4). The list ended with two vehicles with a fatal accident rate of 5.2, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note. The overall fatal crash rate for subcompacts and sports cars was, respectively, 4.5 and 4.6.

Researchers noted that many of these vehicles received four- or five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Two (the Kia Forte and Kia Soul) were even IIHS Top Safety Picks.

Subcompacts and sports cars may put occupants in greater danger because of their relative lack of active safety features. There are exceptions, though. The list put the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro at number 10 and 11, respectively, yet these come with blind-spot monitoring and more.

After being in an MVA and suffering minor or serious injuries, the victim may wonder if he or she is entitled to compensation. It all depends on each party’s degree of fault. A lawyer may evaluate the case in light of Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule and determine how much the victims can be eligible for. The lawyer, if retained, may then negotiate for that amount after investigators and other third parties bring together all the necessary evidence.