Although no car can guarantee that you will not be injured in an accident, any highway accident attorney will tell you that there are definitely some cars that are safer than others. In the majority of accidents, the cause is due to driver error, impaired driving or poor weather conditions. The type of vehicle you are driving could make the difference between being injured or walking away from the crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) compiled a list of eight of the safest cars. IIHS conducted several evaluations, including a review of all-around crash prevention to compile the list.
The Acura TL offers side airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights as safety features. During crash tests, dummy movement in the vehicle was well-controlled and the driver side airbag deployed properly. Measures of the crash test dummy indicated a low risk of significant injury during the test.
Dodge Avenger/Chrysler 200
The fact that measures taken from the crash test dummies after a front-end collision showed a low risk of injury makes the Dodge Avenger, and its twin, the Chrysler 200, could mean you walk away from the accident with only a minimal case for your highway accident attorney. IIHS reported that although the crash test dummy’s head hit the roof rail and one of the car pillars, the impact was minor as restraints kept movement of the dummy minimal. The vehicle offers side, front and rear airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights as safety features.
In crash tests, the Honda Accord, in both the 2- and 4-door models, the dummy movement was well controlled, and measurements indicated a low risk of injury to the dummy. The airbags deployed, the dummy moved into the frontal airbag, returning to the seat without coming close to any of the structures in the vehicle that could cause injury. Side and front airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are additional safety features on the Honda Accord.
The dummy movement in the Kia Optima was well-controlled, with the dummy moving into the frontal airbag. Once the dummy connected with the frontal airbag, its head came into contact with the side airbag, but did not come into contact with any of the structural parts of the vehicle. Measurements taken showed a low risk of injury during a crash. The Kia Optima also offers side and front airbags, electronic stability control and antilock brakes. Daytime running lights are an option for the 2013 model.
The 4-door model of the Nissan Altima scored a rating of “Good” in crash tests performed by the IIHS. During the tests, the dummy moved forward into the front airbag, rebounding into the seat without connecting with any structures of the vehicle. Measurements indicated a low risk of injury to the dummy Intrusion into the driver’s space was also minimal, reducing the possibility of leg or foot injury.
Subaru Legacy and Outback
Both the Subaru Legacy and its twin the Outback scored a rating of “Good” in crash tests. In the test on the Outback, both a driver and rear seat passenger dummy indicated low risk of significant injury. Both occupants were protected from striking solid portions of the vehicle by the side airbags. The Subaru Legacy and Outback both offer side, front and rear airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights. In addition, the vehicles offer a rollover sensor designed to deploy the side airbags should there be an impending rollover.
Both the driver and the rear passenger crash test dummy indicated a low risk of injury during a crash in the Volkswagen Passat. The driver was protected by the side airbag, as was the rear seat passenger. Neither occupant struck any hard structures of the vehicle during the crash. The Volkswagen Passat offers side, front and rear airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights as additional safety features.
Although the Ford Fusion, Suzuki Kizashi and the Volvo S60 also made the list issued by the IIHS, there were areas of the crash tests where these cars scored “Acceptable” rather than “Good.” For more information on safe cars in accidents, contact your highway accident attorney.