Not all newer cars are safer, and some vehicle types are more deadly than others. Residents of Colorado should know that the automotive research firm iSeeCars.com analyzed the fatal crash rate of vehicles with a model year of 2013 to 2017 and compiled a list of 14 vehicles with fatal crash rates double that of the overall average (2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles). Subcompacts and sports cars had six entries each.
Overall, the fatal accident rate for subcompacts and sports cars was 4.5 and 4.6, respectively. The list, though, contained no vehicle with a fatal crash rate below 5.2. At the head was the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage with a rate of 10.2 cars per billion vehicle miles, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7) and Kia Forte (7.4).
Many of these vehicles had high safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet did poorly in certain crash tests. For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mitsubishi Mirage the lowest rating of “poor” during the driver-side small overlap test.
Both subcompacts and sports cars are usually lacking when it comes to active safety features. This may partially explain the high fatal crash rates. Another factor is that sports cars are built with speed in mind.
The faster vehicles are going, the more severe the injuries will be in potential motor vehicle accidents. Crash victims who survive and believe that the other side is entirely or almost entirely to blame may be able to file a claim. A lawyer could evaluate the case in light of the state’s comparative negligence rule and determine how much victims might be eligible for. Victims may leave all negotiations for a settlement to their lawyer, too.