By: Allan M. Siegel
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a report that for 2011 model-year cars, nine reported a death rate of zero deaths per million registered vehicles in the 2012 calendar year. As recently as 2007 there were no models with a zero death rate, but thanks to vehicle safety improvements that number has risen to the a record nine models. With the exception of the Audi A4, Honda Odyssey, and Subaru Legacy, the list is dominated by SUVs. What is intriguing about this fact is that a decade ago, SUVs had some of the highest death rates due to their tendency to roll over. Thanks to increasing use of electronic stability control, the rollover death rate of 5 per million registered vehicle years for 2011 models is less than a quarter of what it was 10 years ago.
Unfortunately, the other end of the spectrum is still grim, particularly for smaller vehicles. The Kia Rio clocked in at 149 deaths per million registered vehicles, with the Nissan Versa at 130, and the 2-door Honda Civic at 76. These are only a few of the smaller vehicles that make up the list of 19 vehicles that had 46 or more driver deaths per million registered vehicles
These statistics confirm what many people have been saying for the last few years – driving is safer than ever before. New technology such as stability control, forward collision warning, have played a major significant part in this improvement, as well as more stringent crash testing to ensure vehicles are safe to put on the road.
But despite these improvements people are still being killed and injured on the roads in car accidents. Unfortunately, all the technological advances cannot overcome the reality that auto safety is still heavily dependent on drivers' actions. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident as a result of someone else's carelessness or recklessness, please call the auto accident attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C., today.