Thursday, 20 January 2011

Study Shows Occupants of Badly Rated Vehicles More Likely to Die in Accident

A new study proves to Los Angeles car accident lawyers that you may have a better chance of surviving a side impact crash if you buy a vehicle that has a "Good" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A study by the Insurance Institute indicates that drivers of vehicles that received a poor safety rating from the agency had a much higher risk of being killed in a real-world accident than drivers of those vehicles who were given a better rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed side impact crashes, and found that a person's odds of dying in an accident, in which a car collides with the driver’s side, are lowered by 70% when the person is driving a car that has been rated "Good" than "Poor." The occupant of a car rated "Acceptable" by the agency is 64% less likely to die in an accident, while the driver of a vehicle that has been rated "Marginal" is 49% less likely to die in an accident than a vehicle rated "Poor."

The Insurance Institute's analysis controlled for the age of the driver, gender, vehicle type and weight. This is the agency’s first look at how its ratings correspond with actual accident data in the real world. Side-impact accidents are some of the deadliest accidents, accounting for 27% of vehicle occupant deaths in the country in 2009. These accidents are much deadlier than front impact accidents, because occupants have very little protection shielding them from fatal injuries during impact. Typical thinking has held that injuries in side-impact accidents can be avoided through the use of side airbags. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed how the structure of the vehicle protects occupants during a side-impact accident.

The analysis shows that vehicles that have a higher rating from the agency do a much better job protecting occupants from serious injuries in an accident than those who have a poor rating.

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