July 6th 2017 by PollackSteinberg LLP in Blog

The most dangerous cars in America

In October, the financial news and opinion site 247wallst.com reviewed data on auto crash tests to determine which vehicles are the most likely to leave their passengers with injuries if the car, truck or van is involved in collision. It came up with the “most dangerous cars in America” and some of the results are surprising.

The site put together the list based on studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research organization funded by auto insurance companies.

The group periodically oversees different crash tests, such as frontal collision, broadside collision, roof strength, head restraint and seat safety. The idea is to weigh how well a car, truck or van absorbs impact and minimizes the chance of injury for the people inside the vehicle.

The cars deemed most risky received a poor or marginal rating in either frontal collision impact or side collision impact after safety tests were complete. The “dangerous” cars also scored low on a roof strength test in a vehicle rollover simulation, or head restraint and seat tests. The latter tests simulated what would likely happen in a rear-end collision with another car, 247wallst.com reported.

The 2000-2005 Dodge Neon made the list because it had poor side crash impact results and headrest safety was weak. The website reported that more than 160 Neon drivers were killed per million vehicles over a four-year period. That is one of the highest death rates of any car over the same period, 247wallst.com said.

The GMC Sierra 1500 had a popular run between 1999 and 2006. But the pickup, which has stopped production, received a poor rating for its headrests and frontal crash impact safety.

The Hyundai Accent was one of the most popular subcompact cars of its kind between 2006 and 2011, the website reported. But it received low scores from the insurance institute. The 2007 Accent in particular had poor ratings, including a likelihood for pelvis injury for the driver and front-seat passenger. The head restraints and the car’s seats also received a poor safety rating.

Cars have come a long way, but there is the potential for manufacturer liability in the event of a crash, especially one that is fatal or leaves lasting injuries.

If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.  

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