Study Suggests that Older Cars are the Worst Cars for Teens
Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Sep 30, 2015 in Car Accidents
Some of the worst cars for teens may not be what parents expect. While not all parents can afford a new car for their children, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that older cars lack important types of safety equipment. The study also revealed that 48 percent of teens who were fatally killed in motor vehicle crashes were in a vehicle 11 years old or older.
The IIHS looked at data from the fatal accident Reporting System (FARS) and analyzed the kinds of cars that teens drove who died in motor vehicle accidents . The older vehicles lacked safety features that are a part of newer models like side or curtain airbags that deploy in side and rollover accidents and an electronic stability control (ECS).
The electronic stability control is designed to help drivers remain in control of their vehicles and applies brakes per wheel to prevent skidding. ECS must be built into new cars as of 2012. Older vehicles like pickups and SUVs roll over more easily in an accident and these types of vehicles received ECS last.
Among the teens who suffered fatalities, they were driving cars smaller than older drivers. These smaller cars weigh less than 3,000 lbs. and contribute to a 75 percent higher fatality rate among drivers than vehicles that weigh more than 4,000 lbs.
The bottom line is, teens are probably safer in newer cars. If your teen will be driving an older vehicle, steer towards larger sedans and away from SUVs or pickup trucks. Ensure the vehicle has electronic stability control and front, curtain, and side air bags. Newer vehicles also have a stronger crash structure that may protect teen occupants better.
If your teen has been injured by a negligent driver, call The Bell Law Firm right away to speak to a car accident lawyer today.