Oklahoma drivers might be less safe in passenger cars than other vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted a study of vehicle safety and found that drivers of minivans, pickups and SUVs may be safer than drivers of passenger cars. The study looked at driver fatalities per 1 million registered vehicles and found that the average number of driver fatalities for all types of passenger vehicles was 30. The rate for passenger cars was 39. Minivans had 19 while for SUVs the number was 21. For pickups, it was 26.
The IIHS looked at data for the model years 2011 to 2014. However, the organization said the data was not entirely accurate regarding vehicle safety. It did not look at passenger fatalities, and in order to be included, vehicles needed to have 100,000 registered vehicle years. For some vehicles, the sample size was small while other types of vehicles were excluded altogether. According to the vice-president of research at the IIHS, vehicles that had both few driver fatalities and a large sample size could be considered safer.
The data comes in the wake of rising fatalities from motor vehicle accidents. In 2016, that number went up, and the stronger economy leading to more vehicles on the road may have been the reason.
The surviving family members of a loved one who is killed in such an accident might want to have legal representation. In addition to their grief, the survivors often have to deal with financial issues such as funeral expenses and, if the decedent was the breadwinner, the loss of those contributions. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, then an attorney could assist in seeking compensation for those and other losses through a wrongful death lawsuit filed against that driver.