If you're driving a Toyota Yaris, beware. According to the Los Angeles Times, a new study revealed that the Yaris ranks number one in "most injuries per automobile accident." The Highway Loss Data Institute reviewed insurance information for model years 2009 through 2011 and determined that Yaris occupants filed personal injury claims 28.5 times for every 1000 vehicles. Conversely, the Porsche 911 has only 4.5 injury claims for every 1,000 cars.
Personal injury claims ranged from head and neck injuries, to brain injuries, broken bones and even wrongful death. Consulting with a knowledgeable San Francisco car accident attorney right away is important if you've been involved in any type of motor vehicle crash.
Based on its finding, the Insurance Institute concluded that vehicles with the highest injury claims are more likely to be small cars. The study provides additional insight into a car's safety by evaluating actual crash results, which differs from standard crash tests where size and weight advantages of larger cars may be masked.
By using real crashes as statistics the Institute stated, it was able to draw conclusions about which vehicles' occupants are most likely most likely to be injured in when it comes to real crashes.
"We know that in the real world, if all else is equal, a larger, heavier vehicle does a better job protecting occupants than a smaller, lighter one,"
The Institute found that a number of larger vehicles scored well, including the Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz SL-class convertible, Ford F-150, Land Rover Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade.
For more information about the Institutes finding or if you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries in a car crash, contact the top San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.