Arizona residents might like to know which vehicles fared best when it comes to protecting drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report on May 25 regarding the amount of fatalities for different vehicles. On average, SUVs and pickup trucks did better than other vehicles.
The IIHS found that traffic deaths are rising overall as motor vehicle accidents led to seven percent more deaths in 2015. When looking at different types of vehicles, driver fatality rates were used for comparison. For 2011-2014 models, there were an average of 30 deaths per million registrations. Passenger cars had a higher than average rate of fatalities with 39 deaths while SUVs had 21, pickups had 26 and minivans had 19.
Toyota pickup trucks, small Tacoma pickups, and Ford light trucks all scored well. Several Ford models showed a lower than average number of fatalities when it came to light, large and very large pickups. A Ford representative said the company cares about crash performance and safety technology advances.
Nissan vehicles like the Frontier Crew Cab and the Titan Crew Cab had poor scores, and the Titan's 73 deaths was the highest for any size pickup. A Nissan representative said the company planned to evaluate the data further and look for improvement opportunities. Models had to have at least 100,000 registered vehicle years to be included in the study, and the data only examined driver deaths. This study is only one gauge of safety and not an accurate representation of overall vehicle safety.
While civil lawsuits resulting after car accidents usually involve negligent motorists, manufacturers are sometimes responsible. A manufacturer may be liable when a vehicle is defective or parts were installed incorrectly. Victims may wish to consult an attorney when seeking damages from a vehicle manufacturer.