It’s well known that expensive vehicles come equipped with far more
bells and whistles than your average affordable consumer car. Luxuries
and status symbols aside, however, the price of a vehicle could actually
provide additional benefits. According to a new study from the University
of Buffalo, larger and more expensive vehicles are associated far less
frequently with personal injury claims than smaller, cheaper cars.
Here are some details from the study:
- Researchers at the University of Buffalo focused on data analysis of personal
injury auto accident claims and paid particular attention to claim rates
in correlation to smaller, cheaper cars or heavier, more expensive vehicles.
- The study reviewed injury claim data from 17 states with no-fault insurance
and noted the frequency of claims for specific vehicles (360 models from 2010-12).
- Researchers found SUVs and large trucks had the lowest frequency of personal
injury claims and that smaller, cheaper vehicles had higher frequency
rates of personal injury claims.
- According to the study, every additional $10,000 spent on a vehicle reduces
injuries by close to 12%. Every 1,000 lb. increase in vehicle weight also
make vehicles 19% safer.
The study provides a unique picture of vehicle safety by departing from
typical auto safety studies in the U.S., including five-star safety ratings,
to provide a more accurate reflection of the level of and lack of danger
in vehicles. Five-star crash ratings - which are used by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are based on tests that
- while potentially accurate - are not reflective of real-life circumstances
involving multiple cars.
For example, the risk of serious injury substantially increases when a
smaller vehicle hits a larger moving car and abruptly changes velocity.
SUVs and larger vehicles may also override smaller cars, which can create
more severe vehicle damage and injuries.
Although the study may cause consumer concerns, safety experts have noted
that many advanced safety features - including camera and sensor-based
alert systems and knee airbags - are becoming standard in inexpensive
cars. The study, while still new, could be useful for consumers in the
market for safe vehicles.
Shook & Stone has helped thousands of injured victims and families
after they were involved in
auto accidents in Las Vegas and other areas of Nevada. Our accident attorneys know the
difficulties victims and their loved ones face following these incidents,
and are available to help anyone who would like to learn more about their
rights and the personal injury claim process.