The automotive research firm iSeeCars.com has looked at data from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System concerning vehicles with a model year from 2013 to 2017, the intention being to find out what vehicles are involved in the most number of fatal crashes. Texas residents may be interested to know that it came up with a list of 14 vehicles with high fatal accident rates.
Subcompact cars and sports cars each composed six of the vehicles, making these the most dangerous. At the top of the list were the Mitsubishi Mirage, with a fatal crash rate of 10.2 cars per billion vehicle miles, and the Chevrolet Corvette, with a rate of 9.8. Other automakers represented on the list include Kia, Honda, Subaru and Nissan.
Subcompact cars in general had a fatal crash rate of 4.5 cars per billion vehicle miles, which is almost twice that of the overall average. The lack of safety features on most subcompact cars may be behind this high rate. For sports cars, which emphasize speed and acceleration and also come with few safety features beyond rearview cameras, the rate was 4.6.
The subcompact cars on the list tended to perform poorly in safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is despite their having a four- or five-star rating from NHTSA.
When car accidents end in a fatality, the family of the decedent may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent motorist. Those who intend to file do so may want a lawyer to assist them since the process can be complicated.