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Are smaller cars more likely to be in an accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2021 | Uncategorized |

Residents of New Brunswick and other areas of New Jersey might want to learn more about whether smaller cars are more likely to be in an accident. After all, they are less visible than larger cars. What do statistics reveal about the frequency of accidents?

Comparing vehicles

You might be driving a smaller car because of a small budget, or you may be a person who needs fuel efficiency for a commute. You may also want to be more considerate of the environment by driving a more environmentally-friendly car.
Statistics about the accident rates of small cars include the following in that category:

  • Compacts
  • Subcompacts
  • Mini-compact

Percentage of accidents

Researchers looked at accident data from January 2017 to December 2019 in Alberta and Ontario, Canada. In Alberta, 14.6% of accidents involved smaller vehicles. On the other hand, 15.1% of accidents involved larger vehicles such as pickup trucks and SUVs.

In Ontario, 11.1% of accidents involved small cars while 12.1% involved large vehicles. Toronto had an accident rate of 8.7% for both small and large vehicles.

The information gained from this study shows that smaller vehicles are not more likely to be in an accident. Driving well involves knowing the law as well as knowing how to drive defensively if other motor vehicle operators are behaving unsafely.

Be courteous, careful and safe

Not only will you save money on insurance by driving safely in a smaller car, but driving defensively can help prevent a collision and personal injury. Don’t get distracted with your phone or something else. Drive according to the weather conditions and obey speed limits. Stop at red lights, and do not drink and drive. Use your signal every time to help ensure the safety of those around you.

Despite your cautious driving, other negligent drivers can still cause accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, it may be wise to consult a trusted attorney versed in this type of law. They may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve.