A new study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is highlighting
a significant drop in the risks of traffic fatalities for motorists who
drive late-model cars or light trucks. The study also found that nine
newer vehicle models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles.
Researchers reviewed traffic fatality statistics involving 2011 vehicle
models and how many driver deaths occurred over the course of a year.
They expressed this rate per million registered vehicle years. Researchers
noted the following:
- There were an average of 28 deaths per million registered vehicle years.
This was a down from 48 deaths for 2008 models.
- Nine vehicle models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles. When
researchers did the same study eight years ago, there were no models with
zero driver deaths rates.
Researchers credited the decline in driver fatality risks to safety technology
advancements in newer vehicles. Examples of these advancements include:
- Electronic stability control
- Side airbags and structural changes that include stronger occupant compartments
better suited for rollover crashes
- Blind spot detection
- Rear-view mirror cameras
The study shows a reassuring trend that motor vehicles are becoming safer
with the advent of new technologies and safety advancements. Still, these
innovations don't eliminate the risk of accidents, injuries, and deaths
and they can't always prevent the dangers associated with negligent
drivers or defective auto parts.
If you, a friend, or family member has been involved in an
auto accident in San Antonio or the surrounding areas of Texas, Tom Rhodes Law Firm
P.C. is here to help you learn more about your right to compensation.
Contact our firm to schedule a free case review with one of our San Antonio
personal injury lawyers!