Have you purchased a smaller car because you thought it would be easier to maneuver through San Diego traffic or because the gas mileage was better? If so, you may be at risk of serious injuries due to car accidents, or so says a new study. A comprehensive evaluation of many different vehicles has revealed that the smallest vehicles may not be the safest.

According to a new study that analyzed fatal crash data collected by the government from 2012 to 2015, larger cars were identified to be safer. The KIA Rio and the Hyundai Accent were determined to be the most deadly cars in America. For 11 different models analyzed in the study there were no driver deaths that occurred between 2012 and 2015. Given that more than 39 million Americans hit the road this last Memorial Day weekend, this new report paints a troubling picture of the smallest vehicles that have the worst track records for fatal accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety identified that the smallest cars on the road have the highest driver fatality rates. More than 208 models were analyzed in the study and the study only incorporated those vehicles where at least 100,000 were registered over the course of a 4-year period. The Hyundai Accent had drivers pass away in 104 different accidents between 2012 and 2015. The IIHS identified 11 models that were much safer including the Mazda CX9, the Jeep Cherokee, and the Mercedes Benz M Class.

Three luxury cars, the Audi A6, BMW 535, and the Lexus CT 200h additionally had zero driver deaths over the course of four years. Since more than 2,822 drivers were killed in vehicle accidents between 2012 and 2015, representing a 58% increase from 2011, it is more important than ever to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you find yourself injured or if you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence.

Whether you’re in one of the smallest vehicles or the biggest, the potential for an accident to turn your life upside down is always there. Being able to communicate with an experienced and dedicated lawyer after a San Diego accident can help you navigate the complex process of a personal injury claim.

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