February 21, 2015 by Steven M. Gursten

What cars to stay away from? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says you’re most likely to be killed in one of these vehicles

Kia Rio
Kia Rio

What are the most dangerous and deadly cars on the roads today? I decided to write this blog post because my law practice involves helping people injured in automobile accidents, and out of this, our law firm also represents people hurt in automotive product liability lawsuits (mostly involving car and seat belt defects). So I often get asked about the safest cars out there that I would recommend. And, after a pause, I’m usually asked what I think are the most dangerous cars on the roads.

First, the good news. We’re moving away from an era where some cars were incredibly dangerous (think exploding fuel tanks and children getting caught in windows and suffocating). Now, we’re witnessing incredible new technology, such as accident prevention systems and automotive safety features, that we couldn’t even have imagined just a short decade ago. We will start to see driverless cars and hopefully a day when preventable car accidents caused by human and driver error will be a thing of the past.

My own experience is that younger drivers cause more crashes. And the statistics support this. My daughter still has several years to go before she gets behind the wheel, but there’s a reason she will be in a four-wheel drive SUV instead of a cute little zippy car. Her daddy is, after all, a lawyer who understands the basic physics of mass and speed that are involved in all vehicle crashes.

Today, I’d like to share a list from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety on the most cars with the highest fatal crash rates:


The IIHS calculates its death rate per years registered of a particular model. The organization also warned of a gap between the safest and most dangerous cars on its list.

Next week, I’ll share the IIHS list of the safest cars.

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