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The Safest 2014/2015 cars on the road
No matter what you’re driving, being on the road is dangerous. An estimated 6,800 people died in motor car accidents in the first quarter of 2014 alone, according to recent data from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although we can’t control other drivers on the road, we can make decisions (such as wearing a seatbelt and practicing defensive driving) that can help reduce the risk of injury and death.
Choosing a car that has been tested and proven to be safe by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a step in the right direction.
CRITERIA FOR IIHS’ SAFETY TESTS
The IIHS has two special designations for vehicles that have been proven to be the safest: Top Safety Pick (TSP) and Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+). Vehicles awarded these classifications have met the following safety standards, according to IIHS:
To qualify for 2014 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.
To qualify for 2014 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must meet the Top Safety Pick criteria, plus earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
Note: These ratings are based on each vehicle’s respective size category. Because larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones, a small car that’s a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ isn’t necessarily guaranteed to provide superior protection over a larger car that didn’t receive an award.
THE SAFEST CARS ON THE ROAD 2014/2015
2015 Honda Fit (TSP) Mini car
2015 Subaru Impreza WRX (TSP) Small car
2015 Volkswagen Golf/GTI (TSP+)Small car
2015 Chrysler 200 (TSP+) Midsize car
2015 Subaru Legacy (& Outback) (TSP+)Midsize car
2014 Chevrolet Malibu (TSP+) Midsize car
2015 Hyundai Sonata (TSP+) Midsize car
2014 Chevrolet Equinox (TSP+) Midsize SUV
2014 GMC Terrain (TSP+) Midsize SUV
2015 Hyundai Genesis (TSP+) Large luxury car
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence see the harsh realities of motor vehicle accidents every day. Take it from us – anything you can do to better ensure your safety on the roadways is worthwhile. This includes a little time investment on the front end to properly research the safety rating of your car before making a purchase.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Cases are stronger when an attorney is involved early. Call today to speak with the expert attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence at 1-888-728-9866.
A complete list of all IIHS’s current Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners is available here.