Virginia motorists should know that some vehicle types are more prone to fatal crashes than others. has looked into the rate at which model year 2013-2017 vehicles were involved in a fatal crash, and it even compiled a list of 14 vehicles with a fatal crash rate that was double that of the average (2.6 cars per billion vehicle miles). It turns out that sports cars and subcompacts, with their fatal crash rate of 4.6 and 4.5, are the deadliest vehicle types.

Six of each of these two vehicle types made it to the list, which was headed by the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage with a fatal crash rate of 10.2 cars per billion vehicle miles. The list continued with the Chevrolet Corvette (9.8), Honda Fit (7.7) and Kia Forte (7.4) and ended with two vehicles, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Nissan Versa Note, that both had a rate of 5.2.

Sports cars are built for speed and quick acceleration, so it’s not surprising that the accidents these are involved in tend to be fatal. Both sports cars and subcompacts also come with fewer safety features than other vehicles. With some, the most that one gets is a rearview camera. These factors can partially explain the high fatal crash rates.

Those who are injured in a car accident may pursue a personal injury lawsuit, but there are severe restrictions. Virginia follows a pure contributory negligence rule, which means plaintiffs cannot recover damages if they are even slightly at fault. Victims may want a lawyer to assess their case, then, before moving forward. The lawyer may also assist with negotiations and take the case to court if the auto insurance company keeps denying a fair settlement. A successful claim could cover losses like medical expenses and pain and suffering.