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SUV Safety Highlighted

| Jun 10, 2011

SUVs are now statistically safer than they were in the past and riders and drivers in SUVs are more likely to survive a crash than those in cars, according to news reports .

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, driver death rates have decreased. One factor in the drop in fatalities is the widespread availability of electronic stability control systems (ESC), which reduce vehicle rollover rates, according to news reports.

"The rollover risk in SUVs used to outweigh their size/weight advantage, but that's no longer the case, thanks to ESC," the Institute's senior vice president for research, said in a statement.

From 2005-98, the driver death rate for an SUV with a model year 2005-08 was 48 per 1 million registered vehicle years, according to news reports.

As a Columbia car accident attorney I'm glad to hear about the increase in SUV safety. Below are the 15 safets and most dangerous SUVs, according to the Institute for Highway Safety.

15 Safest SUVs:

Audi A6 4-door 4WD

Mercedes E-Class 4-door 4WD

Toyota Sienna

Ford Edge

Nissan Armada

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Land Rover LR3

Honda CR-V

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Acura MDX

Mercedes E-Class 4-door

Lexus RX 400h

Lexus GX 470

Mercedes M-Class

Saab 9-3 4-door

15 SUVs with Highest Rates of Driver Death:

Nissan 350Z 2-door

Nissan Titan crew cab

Chevrolet Aveo

Chevrolet Cobalt

Nissan Titan extended cab

Kia Spectra

Chevrolet Malibu Classic

Hyundai Tiburon

Nissan Versa

Chevrolet Colorado extended cab

Nissan Titan crew cab

Kia Rio

Kia Spectra

Mazda Miata MX-5

Subaru Legacy

If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Columbia.

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