- There were 395,785 crashes in Florida in 2016.
- 254,155 people were injured in these crashes.
- 3,176 people lost their lives in these accidents.
What did you look for the last time you purchased a vehicle? The things most important to you may depend on your life circumstances. For example, if you commute every day, gas mileage may have been your top consideration. If you haul items frequently, you may have chosen a car or truck based on interior room or load capabilities.
For others, safety is the highest concern. Whether they have children or pets, some car buyers rank safety ratings as their top consideration. While it’s easy to find these ratings online and in print, the reports may not tell you all you want or need to know.
You may read how a vehicle will fare in a roll over, but what if you could discover which cars were more likely to be involved in an accident in the first place? As Pensacola car accident lawyers, we believe knowing this information can literally save your life.
A Look at the Most “Dangerous” Cars
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compared cars that were made between 2013 and 2015. The agency looked at which cars were both more likely to crash and more likely to experience extensive damage.
The group found that high-performance cars typically incur the highest, and most expensive, amount of damage. Here are the vehicles that could set you back a pretty penny if involved in a collision:
1. Ferrari 458 Spider
2. Bentley Continental Flying Spur
3. Bentley Continental GTC
3. Maserati GranTurismo
5. Bentley Continental GT
6. BMW M6
7. Nissan GT-R
8. BMW 6 Series
9. Maserati Ghibli
10. Audi RS 7
You may notice that all of these vehicles are expensive and luxurious. You may have never seen one of them driving down any highway you’ve been on. Consider that and then realize that, despite you never having seen one of them because they’re so uncommon, they are still the most likely to be involved in a crash. That’s fairly serious. But why is this the case? Experts believe that these vehicles tend to be driven more recklessly than others.
Vehicles that are the least likely to be involved in a collision, including several SUVs and the Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup, tend to be driven to work under low-speed conditions. It appears that when a vehicle is driven for pleasure, packs power under its hood, and is what most would consider “flashy,” it isn’t always driven with safety in mind.
We have spoken to victims involved in a variety of collisions under different conditions and in different vehicles. As Pensacola car accident attorneys, we know why accidents are most likely to occur and how people can keep themselves safer.
Here are a few tips to take under consideration, no matter which type of vehicle you drive:
1. Obey the Speed Limit
It can be tempting to speed for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’re in a hurry, perhaps there’s no one else on the road. Avoid the temptation.
Speed limits are posted because they are considered to be the safest top speeds for those particular stretches. Stick to the limit and drive more slowly when the road conditions call for it.
3. Stay Focused
Distracted driving is such a problem in the country that it has surpassed impaired driving as a top reason for accidents. When you are behind the wheel, your only job is to drive the vehicle safely.
While cell phone use is the most common cause of distracted driving, you also shouldn’t eat, drink or get yourself ready for work. All of these things should be done before you get in the car, or when you get to where you’re going.
3. Stay Sober
Impaired driving is always dangerous. Drinking or taking drugs prior to getting behind the wheel puts you and everyone else at risk.
If you have a few drinks, find another ride home. It is really that simple.
Our Pensacola Car Accident Attorneys are Here to Help
No one wants to be involved in an accident. If you find yourself in this situation and are dealing with injuries and mounting medical bills, you need a Pensacola car accident lawyer.
Reach out to our office today to schedule your free case evaluation. We will review the details of your case and advise you of your legal options. Call us today.