Stringent Safety Standards
If you have ever wondered what effect the government’s increasingly stringent safety standards are having on the ability to survive a car crash, you need only look at the latest study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to IIHS, the chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over a recent three-year period. Moreover, nine car models were found to have zero deaths per million registered vehicles.
The study, which examined fatalities involving 2011 model year vehicles, found that there was an average of 28 driver deaths per million registered vehicles through the 2012 calendar year, down from 48 deaths for 2008 models through 2009.
TIP: According to the study mentioned above, larger cars and SUVs tend to fare better in crashes than smaller vehicles.
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