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The Deadliest Cars and Trucks in America

As consumers, the products we choose to buy and use can affect our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us. This is particularly true of automobiles. More than 35,000 people die in car accidents in the United States each year – more than 800 of them right here on the streets of Indiana. How much do our car-buying decisions contribute to this loss of life? Are the choices we make on the showroom floor as important as the decisions we make behind the wheel?

Questions like these are difficult to answer. However, there is no disputing the fact that some vehicles are more dangerous than others. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published a list of cars and trucks with the highest rates of driver fatality. The highlights of that report are set forth below. McNeely Stephenson encourages consumers to review vehicle safety rankings like the IIHS report before making any new car purchase.

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About the IIHS Report

Before examining the list of the deadliest cars and trucks in America, it helps to understand the methodology used to generate the report. Here is how IIHS arrived at the score for each vehicle:

  • Researchers first determined how many people were killed driving the 2014 model year of the vehicle. Only driver deaths were considered, since the number of passengers per vehicle varies from accident to accident.
  • If the vehicle was not significantly redesigned in 2014, researchers included data from earlier model years going back to 2011. This helped improve accuracy by enlarging the size of the sample.
  • Researchers tallied the number of driver deaths in that vehicle model from 2012 to 2015.
  • Vehicle registration records were then used to determine how many of that model vehicle were in use during this same period, 2012 to 2015.
  • The numerical score assigned to each vehicle represents the ratio of driver deaths per one million registered vehicle years.

For example, assume a vehicle last underwent a redesign in 2011. Between the years 2012 and 2015, the car company sold 200,000 of that vehicle per year, and every one of those vehicles remained in use through 2015. Assume that between 2012 and 2015, five drivers were killed in a traffic accident in that vehicle each year. In this instance, the vehicle would receive a score of 10, computed as follows:

YearDrivers killed:Registered vehicles in use:
20125200,000
20135400,000
20145600,000
20155800,000
202,000,000

Vehicle score = 10 (10 drivers killed per million registered vehicle years)

List of the Deadliest Vehicles on the Road

Here are the deadliest vehicles, by vehicle class, according to IIHS:

Hyundai Accent

Class: subcompact

Score: 104

Scion tC

Class: compact

Score: 101

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Class: sports coupe

Score: 67

Dodge Challenger

Class: sports car

Score: 81

Chrysler 200

Class: mid-size car

Score: 67

Chevrolet Impala

Class: full-size car

Score: 60

Nissan Titan

Class: pickup

Score: 73

Auto Accident Lawyers in Indiana

Reports like the one published by IIHS are useful to consumers who are considering their next vehicle purchase. But they come as no help to people who have already been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident. If you suffered such a tragedy in our state, the best course of action is to contact an Indiana car accident attorney for advice. McNeely Stephenson has offices in Shelbyville, Indianapolis, and New Albany. Call us at (888) 988-4970, or send us a message to tell us about your case now.