Vehicles of all sizes and types may be involved in car accidents. However, there are certain types of vehicles that are more commonly involved in serious or fatal collisions. Drivers, passengers, or others who are injured in motor vehicle collisions will need to understand their options for pursuing financial compensation. By working with an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases, injury victims can determine who was liable for a car accident. They can take the correct steps to receive compensation that will address their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Accident Statistics for Different Types of Vehicles
More than 30,000 people are killed every year in motor vehicle collisions. Out of these fatalities, around 20,000 are the occupants of passenger vehicles, and the remainder includes pedestrians or motorcyclists who are killed in collisions. Statistics compiled over the past decade show that people in cars are most likely to be killed in car accidents. Occupants of cars account for 12,000 to 14,000 fatalities each year, while around 5,000 SUV occupants and 4,000 pickup truck occupants are killed in collisions.
Types of fatal crashes can vary depending on the type of vehicle. Head-on or frontal impact collisions affect occupants of cars, trucks, and SUVs in a similar manner, accounting for 55-60 percent of fatal accidents. Rear-end collisions are also roughly the same for all vehicle types, accounting for four to six percent of fatal accidents. However, side-impact or T-bone collisions are more likely to lead to fatalities for people in cars, and they account for 27 percent of car accident deaths for car occupants, as opposed to around 20 percent of deaths for people in SUVs or trucks. Rollover crashes more commonly result in fatalities for people in trucks and SUVs, accounting for around 20 percent of fatal accidents, as opposed to around 10 percent of fatal crashes for cars.
Certain models of cars and trucks are most commonly involved in fatal collisions. A five-year study found that Ford F-series and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks are the vehicles most often involved in accidents resulting in fatalities. The sedans that are most often involved in fatal accidents are the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The model of SUV that is most commonly involved in fatal collisions is the Ford Explorer. Other vehicles that are frequently involved in fatal accidents include Ram pickups, Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas, Nissan Altimas, and GMC Sierra trucks.
Contact Our Green Bay, WI Auto Accident Lawyers
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we help our clients take the correct steps to receive compensation following serious or fatal car accidents. We work to gather relevant evidence immediately after a collision, including taking statements from witnesses, reviewing police reports and 911 calls, taking photos of the scene of an accident, obtaining footage from security cameras, and compiling records related to medical treatment. To set up a free consultation and learn how we can help with your case, contact our Appleton car accident attorneys at 920-739-7366.