There are a lot of factors that go into fatality rates. For instance, if the rates are high for sports cars, is that because the cars are unsafe or because people tend to drive them at higher speeds? Are small cars more dangerous? Do vehicles like convertibles not provide as much protection as needed?
If you’re just trying to figure out how you can stay as safe as possible on the road, though, it can help to look at the vehicles on the other side of the spectrum: The ones with the lowest fatality rates.
What can we learn from doing this?
Large vehicles tend to fare better in wrecks
One stark detail that stands out when you read these lists is that large SUVs, especially from luxury brands, tend to do very well. Among the 20 vehicles with the lowest fatality rates are the:
- Cadillac Escalade
- BMW X3
- BMW X5
- Porsche Cayenne
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Auto technology has changed over the years, with a massive focus on safety. The smallest coupes and sedans have advanced safety features that simply did not exist decades ago. However, studies like these show that size is a huge determining factor in how safe a vehicle is. If you want to be as safe as you can on the road, you simply want to drive one of the largest vehicles that you can afford.
Injuries and fatalities still happen no matter what the vehicle size
Of course, even in the largest, most advanced SUV on the market, you could get injured or lose a loved one in a crash. If you do, be sure you know how to seek compensation. You have every right to expect your injuries and losses to be covered by the liable party.