There are various factors that can cause car accident injuries to be more severe, such as colliding at high speeds or with heavier vehicles. However, the safety rating of a particular vehicle is a significant factor as well. Whether you drive a safe car may determine how badly you get hurt in a collision.
If you do not have a reliable car with sufficient crash prevention systems or airbags, you may suffer more severe injuries. Here are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
1. Kia Rio
Kia Rio sedans are some of the deadliest cars in the country. The driver fatality rate is 102 per one million registrations. There are particular vulnerabilities to the head and legs, according to crash tests.
2. Chevrolet Spark
While the Chevrolet Spark may provide convenience and good gas mileage, it does not fare well in terms of safety. This minicar has a driver fatality rate 96 drivers per one million registrations. Approximately 70 percent of these deaths occur from wrecks involving other vehicles. Crash tests find that the driver side airbag fails to provide head protection.
3. Nissan Versa
Some motorists believe the Nissan Versa to be safe, due to it winning the Top Safety Pick two times. However, this vehicle has a vulnerability when it comes to front overlap protection. Drivers of the Nissan Versa die at a rate of 95 per one million registrations.
4. Nissan Titan
Trucks are not always safe. Nissan’s two-wheel-drive crew cab Titan model is a deadly vehicle, with 75 motorist deaths per one million registrations. This truck has a high likelihood of rolling over, and it has substandard roof strength.
5. Volkswagen Golf
This popular compact vehicle has a driver death rate of 63 per one million registrations. Interestingly, all these deaths are because of multi-vehicle accidents.
When it comes time to purchase a car, make sure you do research on the safety of makes and models you are considering.