Deadly drives: The 10 most dangerous vehicles in the U.S.

10. GMC Sierra

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 3,245
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.48
Units sold in 2018: 219,554
Average price to insure: $2,937
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

9. Nissan Altima

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 3,267
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.60
Units sold in 2018: 209,146
Average price to insure: $3,269
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

8. Ford Explorer

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 3,332
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.61
Units sold in 2018: 261,571
Average price to insure: $3,587
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

7. Toyota Corolla

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 3,430
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.64
Units sold in 2018: 303,732
Average price to insure: $3,164
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

6. Honda Civic

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 4,397
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.70
Units sold in 2018: 325,760
Average price to insure: $3,042
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

5. Ram Pickup

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 5,897
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.43
Units sold in 2018: 536,980
Average price to insure: $2,998
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

4. Toyota Camry

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 4,734
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.59
Units sold in 2018: 343,439
Average price to insure: $3,036
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

3. Honda Accord

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 5,079
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.65
Units sold in 2018: 291,071
Average price to insure: $3,042
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

2. Chevrolet Silverado

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 7,718
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.47
Units sold in 2018: 585,581
Average price to insure: $3,057
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

1. Ford F-Series

Total fatal crashes 2014-2018: 10,845
Occupants killed per vehicle in a fatal crash: 0.46
Units sold in 2018: 909,330
Average price to insure: $2,471
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

An estimated 38,880 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents last year, and more than 4 million people required medical attention following an incident, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

It follows that car crashes are a leading cause of death for Americans aged 1–54, as well as the top cause of non-natural death for U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad, says the CDC.

ValuePenguin recently studied the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal crash data from 2014 to 2018 and found deadly accidents happen more often in some cars than in others.

The analysis revealed that Ford Mustangs are the worst at protecting passengers, with 0.71 occupants killed per fatal crash and that 2005–2008 model years accounted for the highest portion of fatal crashes.

Click through the slideshow to reveal the most dangerous cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road today, according to ValuePenguin. 

To ensure safer roads for everyone, the NSC urges motorists to follow the following guidelines:

  • Practice defensive driving, including buckling up, designating a sober driver or alternative transportation, avoiding fatigue through plenty of rest, and avoiding distractions.
  • Recognize the dangers of driving under the influence, including the impairments of driving while on medications.
  • Encourage teens to engage in safe driving habits.
  • Learn about a car’s safety systems and how to use them.
  • Fix recalls immediately.

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