Study Ranks Vehicles Most at Risk for Accidents in Indiana
Buckle up as we discover what type of vehicles are at the highest risk of being in an accident in Indiana. Where does your car land in the study?
A team of injury lawyers has been on a mission, uncovering the vehicles that seem to have a knack for finding trouble. They combed through 5 years (2017 - 2021) of statistical data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to bring us the lowdown on which vehicles have been flirting with danger.
#4 & #5 Respectfully: Motorcycles and Semi's
Two-wheel motorcycles make a bold entrance at #4 on the list, racking up 9.22% of fatal crashes. Meanwhile, Truck-Tractors (semis) aren't far behind, contributing 8.07% to the grand crash party to take the #5 spot on the list.
#3 Compact SUVs
Don't let their compact size fool you. Compact Utility vehicles play a part in 13.49% of fatal crashes. These small-to-midsize vehicles are quite popular. SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson are some of the vehicles that fall into this category.
#2 Light Pickups
Light Pickups account for 14.69% of crashes, putting them in the #2 spot. These include trucks with a weight of up to 8,500 pounds, and a hauling capacity of up to 4,000 pounds like the Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, and GMC Canyon. There were 940 crashes in Indiana between 2017 and 2021.
#1 Four-Door Sedans
The vehicle type involved in the most accidents during the study period, accounting for 26.43% of fatal crashes is the four-door sedan. Vehicles ranging from the Toyota Prius to the Chevy Impala. According to the study, "By definition, a sedan is any closed-roof car with greater than or equal to 33 cubic feet of rear interior volume."
Personal Injury lawyers, Bader Scott's spokesperson emphasized that while road conditions and driver behavior are contributing factors, understanding that vehicle size and design can render certain types more vulnerable to severe crashes is crucial. This underscores the importance for drivers to stay informed and drive cautiously to mitigate risks on the road.
[Source: Bader Scott]
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