How Many Lives Do Safer Cars Save?

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Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently arrived at a first: They identified not one but nine different car models with no driver deaths stemming from car accidents.

All of these zero-fatality vehicles were 2011 models. Six of the nine cars were sport utility vehicles. Toyota manufactured two of the models, the Sequoia 4WD and Highlander hybrid 4WD, while the other cars were made by Volvo, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Kia, Honda, and Audi.

The IIHS study estimates that stability control features, automatic brake sensors, and other technological innovations have saved nearly 8,000 people from perishing in car accidents within the last 30 years. This is a substantial decrease, but it’s only a fraction of the lives that are still lost each year in collisions.

More than 30,000 people are killed in car accidents every year. Though road features, vehicle defects, and other factors account for some of these deaths, many are the result of driver error.

Speeding, distracted driving, and alcohol use are just a few of the factors that can make drivers behave carelessly behind the wheel. Inattentive behavior not only puts the lives of drivers and their passengers in danger, but also makes the occupants of other cars more likely to be hurt or killed, too.

If you lost a loved one to a negligent driver, our Morgantown car accident lawyers can provide aggressive representation and compassionate support through each step of your claim. Please call Jim Leach, L.C., at 304-865-8530 today for your non-cost consultation.