There are many different considerations that go into selecting a new car, whether for one person or a family. Some recent study results may provide a little more information that can influence the ultimate purchase decision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a report on nine different vehicle models for the model year 2011 in which there have been no driver fatalities for the researched time period. The results were attributable to safety features such as stability control. Considering that approximately 30,000 people are killed in vehicle-related collisions each year, the fact that there are absolutely no driver fatalities for these specific vehicles is an important statistic, but in no way guarantees that a person will be able to walk away from a crash.
Although there are safety technologies that protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash, this does not prevent many people throughout South Florida from being injured or killed in accidents that are caused by one or more people’s negligence. The skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand the devastation that results from a car crash and will work to get accident victims the compensation that they deserve. Our attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting results for our clients following a serious accident.
It always is a wonderful thing when victims of a serious crash do not suffer from horrific injuries. The recent IIHS study discusses nine vehicles that have never been involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality within the vehicle, according to available records studied for the time period from 2009 through 2012 (no assertions are made with regard to driver fatalities that occurred before 2009. Six of these vehicles are sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Generally speaking, SUVs have the lowest fatality rates of any vehicle class. The safety records of these vehicles are based on the protection afforded by the larger vehicle frame, as well as the regulations for stability control systems in the SUVs. The six SUVs that were named in the recent study for no driver fatalities were the:
- Kia Sorento;
- Lexus RX 350;
- Mercedes-Benz GL;
- Toyota Highlander;
- Toyota Sequoia; and
- Volvo XC90.
The other vehicles that fall within the no-fatality category are the Subaru Legacy, the Audi A4, and the minivan Honda Odyssey. The IIHS believes that this new group of vehicles without any associated driver fatalities is a step in the direction of a time when most people will be able to survive a crash. However, this time still is far in the future. The IIHS did note that the disparity between the safest and least safe vehicles was increasing, with smaller vehicles being found to be more dangerous. In addition, the fact that vehicles are becoming safer does not mean that people do not have to take personal responsibility for acts of negligence that lead to other individuals’ injuries.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Zealously Advocates for Vehicle Accident Victims
There have been many technological improvements that increase a person’s chance of surviving an accident, but there still are hundreds of thousands of severe injuries that happen every year. The South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano understands how much devastation an accident can cause for a victim and his or her family, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In many cases, a victim never will completely recover. Our law firm has been representing the interests of accident victims for more than 30 years. We have earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. In addition, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work for you.