In this Kaufman Law blog series, we will look at the top nine vehicles that, according to an article in the AJC today (January 30th), have earned bragging rights for their impressive record of ZERO deaths per one million of these registered vehicles (impressive, right?). Insurance companies credit the improved safety technology and overall vehicle designs for the steady decline of vehicular deaths per year, and perhaps, a decline in personal injury.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study that looked at numerous model year 2011 vehicles and compared several of their crash results to vehicles of the same model just three years prior, in 2008. In these three years, the probability that a driver would die in a wreck fell by over 33%, and nine of the vehicles studied did not have any deaths whatsoever per million registered in 2011. Let's take a look at the first one:
Toyota already has a loyalty-backed reputation for producing safe and consistently high-quality vehicles, and now the company has another achievement to add to their already impressive pedigree. The Sequoia can hold up to eight passengers and among its safety features listed are blind spot monitors, a tire pressure monitor system, daytime running lights, Star safety technology system, and an advanced airbag system.
Electronic stability control, a technology feature that reduces the risk of rollover (especially during a collision), is largely the reason for declining death rates among SUVs. This improved safety technology has arguably saved the reputation of most SUVs, since only ten years ago, SUVs were considered one of the riskier vehicle types to purchase, due to their tendency to roll over not only in crashes, but also during tight, high-speed turns and quick maneuvers.
Check back in on Monday, February 2nd for the next top safety vehicle!