California residents who own a subcompact car or sports car may want to know about a study conducted by iSeeCars.com. The automotive research firm used data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System to find out the fatal accident rate for 2013-2017 model vehicles, and at the end, it compiled a list of the 14 deadliest vehicles. Six were subcompacts, and six were sports cars.

The average fatal crash rate for all vehicles in this field came to be 2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles. Subcompacts and sports cars, though, had a rate of 4.5 and 4.6, respectively. The reasons are varied. For one thing, neither type of car comes with many active safety features besides rearview cameras. Another factor is how sports cars are built to be driven fast; the faster one goes, the more serious the injuries will be in a crash.

The list began with the Mitsubishi Mirage (10.2 vehicles per billion vehicle miles). Next were the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7) and Kia Forte (7.4). At the end of the list were the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note (both 5.2). Researchers noted that many of the subcompacts would score well with NHTSA but perform poorly during crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It goes to show that in the most serious motor vehicle crashes, even a four- or five-star rated vehicle cannot protect occupants from injury or death. Those who are seriously injured through little or no fault of their own may want a lawyer to help them file a third-party insurance claim. If victims die, the family could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Again, legal assistance may come in handy. A lawyer may take on all negotiations and pursue the matter in court if a settlement isn’t reached.