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Accident injury claims more common for small cars

A new model passenger car might come equipped with as many as 10 airbags, and many of the vehicles on Arizona roadways today are much safer than their counterparts of years ago. Yet with more and more cars on the road, fatality rates have been creeping upward. Statistics released by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicate that some vehicles are simply better than others with regard to protecting their occupants.

Among 2014-2016 model year vehicles, according to the statistics, claims for injuries tend to be more common for lighter and smaller cars. The HLDI uses a metric called a claims frequency score to rank the relative claims frequency of different vehicles. Four-door model micro cars had the highest score, at 215. Higher scores indicate a higher likelihood of an injury claim following a car accident. The average score across all models is 100. Minicars had a score of 174, small four-door vehicles had a score of 146 and midsize sedan models had a score of 138.

The lowest claims frequency score, 45, belonged to large pickup trucks, and luxury SUVs had a score of 55. The vehicle with the highest rate of injury claims was the Mitsubishi Lancer, a small passenger car. The severity of claims and total loss amounts tended to be higher as vehicles got bigger. According to the HDLI, that might be because larger vehicles are likely to be carrying more passengers.

People who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents caused by another driver's negligence might be entitled to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses . An attorney with experience in personal injury law might start by attempting to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault motorist's insurance company. However, if the amount offered is insufficient, proceeding to trial might be advisable.

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