Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety creates a list of the vehicle models it has tested and found to be the safest new vehicle models available on the market for the upcoming year. The group has recently published its list of Top Safety Picks and the even-more-elite Top Safety Picks+.
IIHS’ list of safest vehicles is created through rigorous testing of new vehicle models, determining how the cars perform on a variety of crash tests and a rating of features such as car seat anchor latches and head restraints. Last year, the organization added a rating of front-crash prevention and automatic emergency braking to its list of rated safety technology for cars seeking to earn the designation, and this year, it added a rating of headlights. The list of Top Safety Picks tends to have a measurable impact on the increased popularity of safety technologies available in the wider market. Consumer Reports writes, “By making this award more difficult to earn each year, the IIHS has been very effective in encouraging automakers to make continuous improvements to car safety.” Namely, the safety ranking appears to have had an effect on reducing rollovers in vehicles, limiting passenger injuries, and greater protection in front and side crashes.
The list for 2017 includes 38 models on IIHS’ list of cars qualifying as a Top Safety Pick+, and 44 cars considered a Top Safety Pick. In contrast, the list for 2016 included 79 vehicles considered a Top Safety Pick+. With nine different models on the list of the vehicles it has deemed safest, Toyota/Lexus was the manufacturer with the most substantial presence on the Top Safety Pick+ list. These models included the Toyota Yaris iA, Prius, and Corolla. Other vehicles included on the Top Safety+ list include the Mazda 6, Subaru Legacy, Audi A4, Volvo S60, Nissan Rogue, Honda Pilot, and Chrysler Pacifica.
Buying a car that provides you and your family with protection in the event of a crash, as well as one that helps you to avoid a collision in the first place, can go a long way in keeping you safe. However, collision avoidance and automated braking do not relieve a driver of the duty to be attentive and responsible behind the wheel. Drivers who are reckless on the road or drive while distracted, assuming that safety automations will keep them protected, will still be held responsible for injuries, property damage, or pain and suffering they cause through an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a crash in Kentucky, find out if you may have a claim for damages for your injuries by contacting the seasoned, dedicated, and effective Louisville personal injury lawyers at the Slechter Law Firm for a consultation, at 502-694-5407.