Subcompacts and sports cars see the most fatal crashes

Connecticut residents who drive a newer model sports car or subcompact car should know that these see the highest number of fatal car accidents. The automotive research firm iSeeCars.com looked at the fatal accident rates of 2013-2017 model vehicles using data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and it came up with a list of the 14 most dangerous vehicles. Sports cars and subcompacts had six entries each.

As for the fatal crash rate, the overall average was 2.6 vehicles per billion vehicle miles. For sports cars and subcompacts, the rate was, respectively, 4.6 and 4.5. Number one on the list was the Mitsubishi Mirage with a rate of 10.2 vehicles per billion vehicle miles. This was followed by the Chevrolet Corvette with 9.8, the Honda Fit with 7.7 and the Kia Forte with 7.4. Rounding out the list were the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note, both with 5.2.

One reason why these two types of vehicles are deadlier is that both do not come with many active safety features. Many will have rear-view cameras but nothing much beyond that feature. In addition, sports cars are designed for speed, and it is well-documented that the faster a car goes, the more likely it becomes that a crash will involve fatalities. Many of the listed vehicles have high safety ratings from NHTSA, however.

Most crashes occur because a driver was negligent, so vehicles themselves cannot be blamed for anything except failing to protect occupants as much as they might. Victims of car accidents could file a claim against the guilty driver’s auto insurance company, but they may want a lawyer to evaluate their case before anything else. Connecticut follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means plaintiffs might be eligible to recover damages if they are deemed 50% or less at fault.