Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

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A 2011 Subaru Legacy is among the nine vehicles that were found to have a driver fatality rate of zero in a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. DANIEL ACKER/Landov

A 2011 Subaru Legacy is among the nine vehicles that were found to have a driver fatality rate of zero in a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
DANIEL ACKER/Landov

A record nine car models recorded driver death rates of zero, in a periodic study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group’s focus on 2011 models driven through 2012 also found the overall death rate fell by more than a third from its previous study.

The new study found that when looking at 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28; just three years earlier, the driver death rate was 48.

Despite the gains, the institute found a wide gap between cars, as three models were found to have driver death rates higher than 100.

Read the PDF above to see a chart showing the data in a more easily read format.


TakeAways

If bicycles ever become licensed vehicles we might just see some meaningful data on which bikes are safest to own and use. Currently there does not seem to be much information gathered on things like:

  • stopping rate of various forms of brakes (i.e. disc versus rim brakes)
  • safest tires to use on icy roads (studded, etc.)
  • most visible lighting types
  • most visible sidewall tires reflectors
  • strongest rear racks
  • safest way to transport panniers when touring
  • safest rear trailers
  • comparisons of trikes vs. uprights