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Will You be Protected if a Car Accident Will Happen to You?

March 13, 2015 by The Parrish Law Firm

We are all quick to hop behind the wheel of our sedans, SUVS and our pick-up trucks. The crowded roads of Northern Virginia are filled with all of us, zipping here and there and in and out of traffic like we are invincible, safely protected by our “heavy metal boxes”.

“A car accident won’t happen to me. No way.”

Fact: An accident might happen to you.

According to numbers released by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington experienced more than 20,000 car accidents during the calendar year 2013. That number may not seem too high given the number of cars on the road. However, if you think of it this way, then the number seems dramatically different: If there are 365 days in a year, that’s 55 accidents each day. Fifty-five. That number does not include the accidents reported each year n Loudoun County (4,186), or Stafford County (2,048), or those in the cities of Fairfax (615) and Manassas (567).

Whether you drive primarily on I-66 and the Beltway, or only drive on county roads, a car accident could happen to you. If you drive fast or slow, if you drive a larger car, or a smaller car, an accident could happen to you. At a rate of more than 55 accidents per day, every day, car accidents don’t discriminate – the numbers clearly point that out.

A recent study issued by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed which cars on the road are the safest, and which have proven to be the most dangerous.

“The highest death rates are in the smallest, lightest vehicles,” said IIHS spokesman Russ Rader “It’s Packaging 101: If the occupant compartment stays intact, the seat belts and air bags can do their jobs.”

Which list contains your car?

Highest Rates of Driver Deaths per Million Registered Vehicles

For 2011 and equivalent earlier models, as studied in the years 2009–2012

  1. Kia Rio (4-door car, mini): 149
  2. Nissan Versa sedan (4-door car, small): 130
  3. Hyundai Accent (4-door car, mini): 120
  4. Chevrolet Aveo (4-door car, mini): 99
  5. Hyundai Accent (2-door car, mini): 86
  6. Chevrolet Camaro coupe (sports car, large) 80
  7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD (pickup, large): 79
  8. Honda Civic (2-door car, small): 76
  9. Nissan Versa hatchback (4-door car, small): 71
  10. Ford Focus (4-door car, small): 70

Lowest Rates of Drive Deaths per Million Registered Vehicles

For 2011 and equivalent earlier models, as studied in the years 2009–2012

  1. Audi A4 4WD (luxury car, midsize): 0
  2. Honda Odyssey (minivan, very large): 0
  3. Kia Sorento 2WD (SUV, midsize): 0
  4. Lexus RX 350 4WD (luxury SUV, midsize): 0
  5. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD (luxury SUV, large): 0
  6. Subaru Legacy 4WD (4-door car, midsize): 0
  7. Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD (SUV, midsize): 0
  8. Toyota Sequoia 4WD (SUV, large): 0
  9. Volvo XC90 4WD (luxury SUV, midsize): 0
  10. Honda Pilot 4WD (SUV, midsize): 2

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A representative of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC researched and wrote this article with Mr. Parrish’s consent. If you have any questions regarding the legal implications of what you have just read, please send us your question by clicking here so we can have our car accident attorney in Virginia review it.


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