Americans have reportedly developed dangerous driving habits, causing traffic fatalities to rise for the first time in a decade, according an article on Insurify.com. Speeding, cell phone usage, and failing to buckle seat belts are among the behaviors that caused more injuries and deaths despite fewer miles traveled. Even more interesting: certain car models have a larger share of those accidents, suggesting that accident-prone drivers tend to choose specific kinds of vehicles.
Researchers in the study analyzed accident data by make and model in a database of over 4 million. They compared accident-prone drivers to the larger group of owners of those same vehicles. Then, they identified the top cars involved in crashes. What they found may dispel some traditional car driver profile stereotypes.
For example, Porsche drivers have a considerably lower accident rate than drivers of other vehicles. Nationwide, on average, 11 drivers out of 100 have caused an accident. Porsche drivers, however, average just 8.62 out of every 100, which is 22 percent less than the national average. Here are the types of cars with the most at-fault accidents recorded:
- Subaru has 16% more accidents than the national average. If you look at the Subaru WRX alone, it ranks 48% above the national average. It also has the highest speeding ticket rate. The Subaru Tribeca is the best bet among this make of vehicle, with about half of the WRX’s accident record.
- Volkswagen has 14% more accidents than the national average. The Volkswagen Golf R is more than 37% likely to cause a crash. A safer option is the Volkswagen Routan, at nearly 26 percent lower than the national average.
- Hyundai has 12% more accidents than the national average. The sporty Hyundai Genesis Coupe ranks 39% higher than the national average. The Hyundai Equus is 37% lower.
- Mazda has 11% more accidents than the national average. The Mazda CX-3 ranks 34% above, and the Mazda 626 28 percent below, the national average.
- RAM has 10% more accidents than the national average. RAM is known for its heavy-duty pickup trucks. The RAM 2500 and RAM 1500 rank 25% and 1% respectively above the national average.
Regardless of the make, model or year of the vehicle, negligence is still negligence. If you would like to talk to an attorney experienced in matters involving auto accidents, please reach out to us. Our firm is recognized as a leader in litigating car accident cases throughout Pennsylvania.