Without a doubt, the safety of cars and trucks manufactured today is by far superior to those produced in earlier decades. But some models still lag behind the competition, and one might be wary of the risks associated with buying and driving in a car that is at the bottom of the pack when it comes to safety.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit organization that was funded by auto insurance companies in 1959. The organization conducts research and produces ratings on the safety of popular passenger vehicles. In their last tabulation of driver deaths per million registered vehicles, the following models had the highest mortality rates*.
Vehicle Make/Model (Number of Deaths)
- Hyundai Accent (104 deaths)
- Kia Rio (102)
- Scion tC (101)
- Chevrolet Spark (96)
- Nissan Versa (95)
- Ford Fiesta (83)
- Kia Soul (82)
- Dodge Challenger (81)
- Nissan Titan Crew Cab (73)
- Nissan Sentra (72)
This bottom-10 list contains 5 mini cars, 3 small cars, a large car, and a truck.
Current models of small and mini cars fair worse in accidents than their larger counterparts. This may sound like common sense, but it wasn’t actually always this way. The Chevrolet Blazer of the early 2000s was essentially a death trap, with a terrifyingly high 232 deaths per million registered vehicles. Back then, the Blazer stood alongside many other large vehicles that had higher-than-average mortality rates. But car companies have since cleaned up their act, in large part due to the public-safety efforts of law firms such as Duncan Firm (Is it surprising that companies start to do the right thing when they’re actually held accountable?).
If you have been seriously injured in a car or truck accident because of a defective vehicle, contact Duncan Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced traffic accident lawyers.