Most Dangerous Cars on the Road
Unfortunately, many popular vehicles traversing Houston roads and highways are not very safe and, when an accident occurs, can leave their occupants badly injured. Human error often plays a large part in causing an accident, but the type of car you are in can influence whether you leave an accident with a scratch or have to struggle with serious bodily injuries. Judging the most dangerous cars on the road can be quite subjective unless we use some objective metrics. This is why in compiling this list of the most dangerous cars on the road; we use metrics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The metrics we will use to judge how dangerous a car is include the overlap frontal crash test, side crash test, and roof strength, seats and head restraints.
Below is a list of model vehicles known to be some of the most dangerous and potentially life-threatening if a collision occurs.
2000-2005 Dodge Neon
The most dangerous car on American road today is the Dodge Neon. Thankfully, production of this vehicle has stopped. It got a poor rating for its headrest and side crash impact safety. Between 2002 and 2005, over 160 Neon sedan drivers were killed in accidents, the highest for any car within that period.
2006-2011 Hyundai Accent
Although this car has a poor safety rating, it was a best seller during its time. Meaning that there are still a lot on the road. The Accent got poor ratings in the head, side, and seat tests. Conducted crash tests confirmed that in the case of a side crash, driver and passenger are likely to sustain pelvic injury.
2000-2006 Mazda MPV
You will hardly see this minivan on the road today, but there are still a few out there. This minivan performed poorly in the head restraints, side, and seat test. The test results established that in a side impact crash, the driver is likely to sustain rib fracture while the passenger might sustain pelvic injury. Thankfully, the Mazda MPV is no longer in production as the Japanese manufacturers have replaced it with some crossovers and SUVs.
2001-2005 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima performed poorly on its head restraint, side, and seat evaluations. It also got a poor rating for its side impact safety. The Optima improved a bit in its second generation, getting an acceptable side impact rating. However, all this seems to be bygones. If you are purchasing a recent Optima model, you can be assured of its safety.
2001-2006 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 got poor ratings on its headrests, and saw little improvement for its frontal crash impact safety. Since the automaker has made some improvement to this pickup’s safety features, the 2016 Sierra 1500 sports good ratings in frontal and side crash impact tests, headrests, and roof strength.
1996-2005 GMC Safari
The GMC Safari is popularly known by its name, the Chevrolet Astro. It got poor ratings on the front, seat, and head restraints evaluations. The second generation safari was introduced to the market in 1996 and was produced till 2005. Tests indicated that a frontal accident in the Safari could result in leg injury for the driver. Despite this, it had the lowest fatality rate for any popular vehicle between 2002 and 2005.
Injured in an Accident? A Houston Injury Attorney is Here to Help
If you suffer a serious injury in an accident caused by another driver, take action and schedule a time to speak to an experienced Houston auto accident injury lawyer. The fact that you were in a less-safe vehicle does not negate your legal right to compensation. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. today 713-221-6800 for a free consultation.