Sports cars are often billed as being fairly dangerous to drive. The allure is that they’re fun and powerful, but is it worth the risk? And, is that risk even real? Or have sports cars simply been stereotyped over the years?
A complicated picture
Whenever you’re looking at something like this, the picture grows complicated fairly quickly. One thing that we do know is that SUVs are the safest cars on the road, mostly because of their size, while small cars offer less protection. In that sense, driving a small, low sports car may put you at far greater risk than driving a large, tall SUV. That doesn’t mean accidents are more likely, though, just that injuries tend to be worse when accidents do happen.
To look at whether or not crashes are more likely, you have to consider two things: Who drives these cars and how they drive them. For one thing, accident rates are high in models popular with young drivers. Experts tend to blame the young drivers, who traditionally have higher crash rates in all vehicles, more than the cars.
The second thing to consider is if someone in a sports car is more likely to drive dangerously. If they tend to break the speed limit with a powerful motor, for example, the greater speed can have an impact on their accident odds and the extent of the injuries they suffer.
Seeking compensation after a crash
No matter what type of car you drive, your greatest danger is being hit by another negligent driver. If you get injured, make sure you know how to seek compensation. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially on top of your other problems from the wreck.