Vehicles involved in deadliest crashes – 24/7 Wall St.

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About 43,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2021, an increase of nearly 11% from the previous year and the highest number since 2005, according to federal data. Auto safety experts attribute the main causes of these incidents, many of which involve a single vehicle, to an increase in reckless or distracted driving and the larger size and weight of vehicles.

There are more distractions in vehicles, such as large touch screens in the dashboard, today. Larger and heavier passenger vehicles are safer for drivers and passengers, but pose a greater risk of injury or death to pedestrians, cyclists and people in smaller vehicles. This has encouraged the manufacture and sale of increasingly larger and heavier vehicles, as car buyers consider their own safety above all else. Yet cars of all sizes are involved in accidents.

To determine which vehicles were involved in the deadliest crashes, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 25 vehicles listed had the most fatal crashes overall. We looked at data for over 3,000 different vehicle models involved in fatal crashes from 2016 to 2020. Sales data comes from GoodCarBadCar.

The vehicles responsible for the greatest number of road fatalities are not just these increasingly large and heavy trucks and SUVs. Vehicle models involved in the most crashes in which at least one person is killed include small sedans and compact cars, such as the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima and Ford Focus.

It is important to note here that there is a reliable correlation between the popularity of a vehicle and the number of accidents in which it is involved. The Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Honda Accord sedan and Ford Explorer SUV are among the most popular vehicles in their respective categories and also rank among the vehicles involved in the most fatal accidents.

One vehicle to note on the list is the Freightliner Cascadia. The heavy-duty semi-trailer truck ranks 13th with 2,666 fatal accidents from 2016 to 2020. Daimler Trucks North America has issued several recalls for the 18-wheeler related to different systems, including brakes and steering. A recent steering-related recall affected more than 100,000 trucks.

Here are the vehicles most involved in fatal accidents.

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