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Bigger Is Still Better When It Comes To Auto Safety


Bigger Is Still Better When It Comes To Auto Safety A new study revealed that large and midsize cars scored precedent-setting zero driver death rates. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, large and midsize vehicles had vastly fewer driver deaths than small and mini cars.

IIHS calculations showed that 7,700 fewer driver deaths occurred in 2012 alone than if vehicles had remained the same since 1985. The IIHS results also indicated that overall driver deaths were almost half what they were at the time of the last IIHS study in 2008 — 28 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years, down from 48 in 2008.

Small cars are more deadly than midsize or large vehicles. The study revealed that the Kia Rio, in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “mini” class, had an overall driver death per million registered vehicle years rate of 149 — the highest of the cars which were studied. The Nissan Versa had the highest “single vehicle rollover rate” of any vehicle studied.

The Kia Sorento, Audi A4, Subaru Legacy, Lexus RX 350, Volvo XC90 and Toyota Highlander were among the midsize vehicles that scored an overall death rate of zero during the study. The Mercedes Benz GL class, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sequoia were the large or very large autos which had zero deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study which showed that in 2009 alone, running a red light killed an estimated 676 people and injured 130,000 more.

Improvements in auto safety technology are also lowering the chance of dying in auto accidents. The study identified nine vehicles which had no driver deaths during the years studied. Sobriety checkpoints and automated enforcement cameras curb traffic law violations and therefore reduce accidents.

There still is a long way to go to eliminate traffic fatalities. David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer had stated “The complete elimination of traffic deaths is still many decades away.” Zuby said the rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible.

Following an accident, you should contact a traffic accident lawyer as soon as possible. A traffic accident attorney will work on a contingency basis, which means that he or she will only be paid if a settlement is obtained. You have nothing to lose in requesting a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, and everything to gain. Contact Nadrich & Cohen, LLP today for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658.

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