Speeding and distracted driving are widely known to contribute to most fatal car crashes. In New York, an accident-prone vehicle is also determined by the type of manufacturer and model.
Types of vehicles
The type, make and model of the vehicle determines how safe it is, based on road safety statistics. Motor vehicle accidents that involve sedans and light pickup trucks are most likely to cause fatalities, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2019, more than half of all fatal accidents involved sedans and pickup trucks.
Larger vehicles are more likely to kill or severely injure pedestrians than smaller vehicles. The dangers increase when the vehicles make sharp turns. Pickup trucks, SUVs and vans are the deadliest vehicles for pedestrians. An SUV was found to be 51% more likely to kill people walking on the street than a regular car.
Brands of vehicles
The Ford F-150 was found to cause the highest number of fatal accidents in the U.S. However, this high rate could be because the Ford F-150 is the highest-selling make and model in the automotive industry. There are tens of thousands of these models being driven on the road. The high number of fatalities could be attributed to the driver’s inexperience or negligence rather than the vehicle’s inefficiency.
Other accident-prone vehicles include the Chevrolet Silverado and Honda Accord. The Silverado and F-150 are pickup truck models while the Honda Accord is a mid-size sedan.
The most common causes of motor vehicle accidents are related to the driver’s negligence. The type of vehicle, along with the make and model, also affects the rates of accidents. Studies prove that large vehicles, including sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs, are more likely to cause fatalities in accidents.