Are you driving an older vehicle because it’s easier and cheaper to insure it or because you don’t want to go through the hassle of trying to purchase a new car? There is a risk associated with having an older vehicle, according to data collected and analyzed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The purpose of this study was to identify whether older vehicles or newer vehicles were more likely to be tied to an accident.

The government’s fatality analysis reporting system was used and identified that a higher proportion of fatalities in car accidents were linked to older model vehicles when compared with newer ones. According to the study, another outcome was that an occupant’s severity of injury got much worse the older the car was. The research analyzed accidents between 2012 and 2016 and found that those vehicles produced in 1984 or before then were representative of 55% of fatal vehicle accidents during that time.

Any fatal accident can have repercussions for the loved ones for many years. Getting support from an injury attorney may be the only way to file a wrongful death claim.

If you have already lost a loved one in a San Diego vehicle accident that you believe to be tied to someone else’s reckless actions, you may be entitled to recover compensation with the support of an experienced lawyer. The knowledge of a lawyer is essential when helping you determine your next steps.