Small, but Deadly: Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys Console & Hollawell React to New Safety Report from the Highway Loss Data Institute

Accident claims analysis released by the Highway Loss Data Institute* (HLDI) in September throws a spotlight on the dangers of small cars and may provide an added dimension to determining performance in collisions. How are a larger number of smaller cars topping the list of worst vehicles? Berks County personal injury lawyer Richard P. Console Jr. has a few ideas.

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Smaller vehicles involved in accidents with larger cars usually suffer more significant damage and that exposes their drivers and passengers to greater risk of injury.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012

Accident claims analysis released by the Highway Loss Data Institute* (HLDI) in September throws a spotlight on the dangers of small cars and may provide an added dimension to determining performance in collisions. The HLDI’s study ranked the Toyota Yaris as the worst vehicle in terms of injury claims over models years 2009 through 2011. Drivers and passengers filed injury claims 28.5 times for every 1,000 Yaris cars insured by the industry, according to the HLDI* data. How are a larger number of smaller cars topping the list of worst vehicles? Berks County personal injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr. has a few ideas.

“Smaller cars, by definition, have less material available to disperse the energies exerted in a motor vehicle accident,” said Console. “Smaller vehicles involved in accidents with larger cars usually suffer more significant damage and that exposes their drivers and passengers to greater risk of injury. This new data goes a long way to illuminate what existing crash safety tests might show.”

The Yaris performed ‘substantially worse’ when compared to other mini four-door models in terms of personal injury claims, but fared better than the Chevrolet Aveo in terms of medical payments from at-fault accidents. Accidents involving Aveo drivers at-fault for their collisions from model years 2009 through 2011 generated medical payments 112 percent more often than other cars in the same category, according to the HLDI*. Meanwhile, at-fault Hyundai Accent drivers caused medical payments in 2 percent more claims than those driving the Aveo – the worst in its category. Console, and his firm of Lancaster County personal injury lawyers, warns consumers that human error is still the main issue in motor vehicle accidents.            

“The decisions people make behind the wheel are the leading causes of auto accidents all across the country,” he said. “A vehicle’s safety record might be an indicator of how well a given automobile might perform in a crash, but it’s the human at the wheel who has the greatest control in limiting injuries. An airbag won’t stop a driver from speeding or prevent them from disregarding a stop sign.”

The Ferrari California convertible caused the highest overall losses in motor vehicle crashes from 2009 through 2011, according to the HLDI*. Accidents involving this high-priced vehicle saw nearly double the losses, including injuries, than those of the second-worst passenger car, the Maserati Granturismo 2dr. The average repair bill for the Ferrari California from 2009 through 2011 was about $82,000, according to the New York Times**.

Console & Hollawell P.C. is a personal injury law firm serving car accident victims in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania as a whole since 1994. The firm’s tireless efforts have obtained more than $30 million in compensation for their clients and earned the practice’s attorneys a 97 percent success rating.

** http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/from-the-insurance-industry-a-seldom-used-barometer-of-vehicle-cost/