While the fatal crash rate for all vehicles on average was 2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles, the rate for subcompacts and sports cars was 4.5 and 4.6, respectively. iSeeCars.com compiled a list of 14 vehicles with a fatal crash rate more than double the average. At the top was the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage with a rate of 10.2 cars in fatal crashes per billion vehicle miles.
This was followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7) and Kia Forte (7.4). The two vehicles that rounded out the list, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note, had a rate of 5.2. Sports cars are understandably going to be in more fatal crashes because they are built for speed. Both subcompacts and sports cars tend to have few active safety features, too, which may account for the high fatal crash rate. There are exceptions, though, like the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro (at number 10 and 11 with a fatal crash rate of 5.8 and 5.5).
Victims of car accidents may suffer minor or severe injuries depending on the type of car they were driving and how fast they were going, but if the fault lies with the other driver, they may be able to file a claim and be reimbursed for all medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. It may be best for them to have a lawyer’s assistance, though, since filing a claim and negotiating for a settlement can be difficult to do alone.