Tennessee residents who drive a subcompact car or sports car should know that these two types of vehicles see the highest fatal crash rates. That’s what iSeeCars.com concluded after analyzing the number of times that vehicles with a model year between 2013 and 2017 were in a fatal crash. The automotive research firm took its data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and came up with a list of 14 vehicles with the highest rates.
The Mitsubishi Mirage came in at number one with a fatal crash rate of 10.2 cars per billion vehicle miles. After it came the Chevrolet Corvette with 9.8, Honda Fit with 7.7, Kia Forte with 7.4 and Chevrolet Spark with 7.2. The list is rounded out by the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note, both with 5.2. These are incredibly high numbers when one considers how the average fatal crash rate for all vehicles is 2.6 per billion vehicle miles.
For subcompacts and sports cars in general, the fatal accident rate came to 4.5 and 4.6, respectively. Researchers believe that several factors are involved here. Both subcompacts and sports cars have relatively few safety features. Sports cars are also inherently dangerous since they are built to prioritize speed and quick acceleration. Researchers noticed, too, how many of the cars would perform poorly during IIHS crash testing.
Even the most advanced vehicles can’t prevent serious injuries when motor vehicle accidents are themselves serious. Fortunately for those victims who are not at fault for their injuries, they may file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. Even if they are partially at fault, they might still qualify thanks to Tennessee’s modified comparative negligence rule. They may want a lawyer to assess their case, though. If hired, the lawyer may handle all negotiations and work toward a fair settlement.