Car models you’re most likely to die in: Learning how to drive is like a rite of passage for overexcited teenagers who can’t wait to get behind the wheel. However, despite the emphasis that the driving instructors place on safety and the numerous warning signs on the roads, vehicular accidents kill approximately 1.2 million people annually and injure another 50 million every year around the world.
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Although there are many factors that can cause a road accident, the driver is more often than not the cause because, let’s face it, the vehicle simply follows the driver’s instructions. However, not all blame falls on the driver. Vehicles at times can fail to respond in the way a driver anticipates, making them a major participant in almost all accidents on the roads.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study on the cars that were most commonly involved in fatal car accidents and came up with a list of the safest and the riskiest cars to drive. This study was based on the number of deaths for every one million units of a particular vehicle produced, and the study period started in 2009 and ended in 2012. The study revealed that most of the vehicles involved in fatal car accidents were the cheaper cars, and the highest percentage of people who drive such cars are young male drivers.
Based on the above study, the following list consists of the car models that will most likely kill you. That is, of course, if you don’t properly maintain the car and fail to drive it as safely as possible.
10. Dodge Nitro – 51 deaths per million
When you think of American Muscle, what comes to mind? For many it’s Dodge. The Dodge Viper and its other companions are some of the vehicles that make most in the U.S. proud to be American because they are extremely attractive and high-quality vehicles. However, the Dodge Nitro 2WD does not rank so highly on the safety scale, despite being a very good vehicle overall. According to the research done between 2009 and 2012, out of all the accidents involving one million Dodge Nitros produced, 51 people lost their lives. This number is high enough to clinch a spot on this list, and should be a sign to all Dodge Nitro drivers to take care so that they do not end up in a fatal accident.