Complimenting crash test rankings arm South Florida motorists with key safety data

A blow-out linked Naples car accident sent four to the hospital early last Tuesday, the Naples Daily News reports. A shredded rear left tire is to blame for the rollover crash that happened as a Ford F250 traveled southbound on I-75 in Collier County. The truck flipped more than once before coming to a stop in the emergency lane.

Our Naples personal injury attorneys know that rollover accidents were linked to 236 fatal Florida car accidents in 2009 — more than 8,000 others were injured.

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, rollover car accidents were the second-most common fatal accident type in 2009, following angled-impact crashes which claimed 520 lives. Rear-end car accidents ranked third, with 224 fatal Florida crashes, followed by head-on collisions at 153. Driver-side crashes completed the top five most common fatal impacts facing drivers, with 154.

Together these crash types (rollover, rear-end, head-on, angle or driver-side impact) were responsible for more than 1,200 fatal Florida car accidents that left 152,738 injured.

With that in mind, Edmunds reports that two organizations – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – have been evaluating auto safety reports since the 1960s.

The NHTSA began conducting crash testing and publishing consumer crash reports in 1978; IIHS in 1995. Both institutions generate annual reports that evaluate front, rear and side-impact crash data along with a host of other passenger safety advancements (from seat belt to air bag to crash avoidance technology).

Both organizations conduct unique crash test evaluations that produce distinct results. The NHTSA awards a one- to five-star rating specifically based on degree of occupant injury. The IIHS ranks tested vehicles on a four-point system (good, acceptable, marginal or poor). The IIHS evaluation measures degree of occupant injury, vehicle integrity and movement of the crash dummy. Together the reports arm consumers with a complimentary set of evaluations that can be used when considering a vehicle purchase.