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Posted in Car Accidents on June 30, 2021
Thousands of people are injured each year in motor vehicle crashes in New York. Additionally, around 1,000 people have died each year in traffic accidents statewide since 2010. However, New York saw a slight decline in the number of traffic deaths in 2018 and 2019.
Individuals purchasing new vehicles are often concerned with the vehicle’s safety rating. Buying a safe car can reduce the risk of severe injuries or deaths from crashes and collisions.
Each year, several organizations publish their list of the safest cars.
Below is the list of the 15 safest cars for 2021, according to US News:
The above list is based on criteria chosen by US News. The same applies to lists prepared by other organizations or groups. If you want to choose a car based on its crashworthiness, you may want to research a car’s rating based on actual crash tests.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) tests cars to determine how the vehicles perform during various types of crashes. The NHTSA then awards the vehicles a rating based on five stars.
The NHTSA conducts several tests to determine crashworthiness. Some tests determine the injuries likely to be sustained in a head-on or front-impact crash with another vehicle or a fixed object. Other tests determine how the vehicle will perform and the injuries that might be likely in a rollover accident or side-impact crash (T-bone or sideswipe accident).
In many cases, the driver and passengers sustain injuries, including injuries to the brain, back, neck, chest, and abdomen. The severity of the injury and the type of injury varies depending on the parameters of the crash and the vehicle.
It is impossible to test each vehicle using all the variables that might exist in a real-world accident. Therefore, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) analyzes fatality and crash statistics to compile its list of the safest cars.
Crash statistics do not give you the results of a controlled crash experiment. However, crash statistics can identify patterns. A pattern of specific damages or injuries involving one particular vehicle could indicate that flaws in the vehicle’s design or a defect in the manufacturing process increased the risk of severe injuries or death during a collision.
Various driver assistance technologies can reduce the risk of a traffic accident or prevent a collision. For example, backup cameras are thought to reduce the risk of a backup accident. These cameras became standard features on all motor vehicles beginning May 1, 2018.
Other driver-assist features are not standard. They can be added to many vehicle models to provide enhanced safety for vehicle passengers. Examples of driver assistance technology that purchasers may want to research before purchasing a new vehicle include:
Driver assistance technology is becoming more affordable. However, when you consider that the technology might save your life and other lives, the additional cost may be a sound investment.
If you are involved in a car accident in New York City, try not to panic. Call 911 for police and emergency medical services. If you can do so without placing yourself or other people in danger, make a video of the accident scene and take some pictures.
Before eyewitnesses leave the scene, ask them for their names and contact information. If the other driver makes any statements, try to remember those statements until you can tell the police officer and write down the statement for your records.
Seek medical care immediately. You could have sustained a much more serious injury than you initially realize. Prompt medical care improves your chance of recovery, but it also helps your personal injury case.
As soon as you can, contact a car accident lawyer to discuss your case. The insurance claims adjuster might contact you before you can talk with a lawyer. Be careful what you say and never agree to sign documents or make a formal statement until after you have a chance to talk with a lawyer.