What Cars are More Likely to Get in Accidents?

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Today’s educated car buyers know that safety is a top priority when shopping for new vehicles. What they may not know is that certain vehicles are more likely to get in accidents based on qualities, such as their model, brand, and color. A November Science Times article provides an interesting overview about which types of cars are the most likely to be involved in car accidents based on these factors.


Overall, faster and smaller cars have higher accident rates. The fatal accident rate for sports cars is 4.6 cars for every billion vehicle miles. These came in at number one, and it is likely because they are designed to be driven at higher speeds. Four-door micro-cars and subcompacts also have a high rate at around 4.5 cars for every billion vehicle miles. This is double the average. The statistics may also be high because these cars are inexpensive and are bought more often by novice and younger drivers. The rate for SUVs was 34 percent lower than the average.

Brands and Models

The article listed five U.S. auto brands that were the most likely to be involved in car crashes. Topping the list was Ford, which is the country’s top-seller. Since there are more Ford vehicles on the roads than other brands, more than 7,000 Ford vehicles are involved in fatal crashes in 2017; Chevrolet came in second and Toyota was third. That same year, there were 63,500 more Toyotas sold but Chevrolet had 2,866 more fatal crashes. Honda followed, with almost 3,800 fatal crashes, which amounted to 11 percent of that year’s fatal car accidents. Dodge came in fifth, with 3,308 deadly crashes that amounted to 10 percent for the year.

As for specific models, the article analyzed data from 2013 to 2017 and listed the four models most likely to get in auto accidents, including the Mitsubishi Mirage, Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Fit, and Chevrolet Spark.


Black is a very common car color but is thought to be the most dangerous color because it is harder to see when it is dark outside. They do not stand out like other colors. Gray cars also have an increased risk and were involved in 11 percent of car accidents. The article claims that yellow cars are safer and are involved in the least number of crashes. The color stands out more and is the designated shade for school buses.

In general, the research indicates that mid-sized cars with safety features fare better than smaller or faster vehicles. Keeping this in mind when shopping for a new car, it is also important to do your research. Looking at crash test scores, safety features, and safety recalls is essential.

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