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The decreasing rate of vehicle deaths

Though many are aware that vehicle deaths have decreased since the early 1980s, some may not be aware of how dramatic of a drop there has been. Few people in Pennsylvania are aware of the large disparity between vehicle models and deaths attributed to each model, or how much safer later model vehicles may be.

A compilation of highway statistics shows that vehicle fatalities range from 148 per million miles driven down to zero in some vehicles. According to statistics gathered between 2009 and 2012, there were 12 vehicle models that had a fatality rate of 60 or more per million miles, including three with a rate of over 100. But the good news is that nine models recorded an incredible zero fatality rate in that time period. Of the models recorded, 19 saw a rate of five or fewer deaths per million miles.

Not surprisingly, many of the models with a higher number of fatalities are smaller vehicles. According to sources, 13 of the top 19 vehicles with the highest rates of death are classified as "small" or "mini." Though SUVs had a past history of rollover accidents, manufactures have made strides in suspensions, traction control and other improvements to lessen these occurrences. Of the models with the lowest death rate, 14 were classified as either mid-sized or large SUVs. Many advances in preventing rollover accidents or lessening the injury rate during a rollover are recent. Statistics show the death rate, on average, from a 2011 model SUV is 25 percent of a 2004 model.

Many advocates for improved vehicle design applaud the efforts of manufactures. Personal injury lawyers know that some accidents are caused by a poor design or manufacturing defect. For those injured in a motor vehicle accident, contacting an attorney may help clients obtain a favorable outcome in seeking compensation for the crash.

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