Are older cars more likely to lead to car accident compensation claims?

Date: Jan 13, 2017

The type of cars on the road has a significant impact on what happens to people in the event of an accident. Whether crash victims are drivers, passengers, pedestrians or even cyclists, the type of car that’s involved makes a difference and can greatly affect the type of car accident claims people end up making.

With the state’s population rising and higher congestion levels making for a much denser flow of traffic, the roads remain a dangerous place. However, people are also buying new cars at a rapid rate, so are we safer with a fleet of new cars on the road?

New cars remain popular across Australia

The type of vehicles that are popular with Australian motorists has changed dramatically in the past few years. In particular, more and more buyers are choosing SUVs as their vehicle of choice, with these options accounting for 37.4 per cent of the more than 1 million vehicles sold in 2016, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). This proportion is up from the 35.4 per cent recorded in 2015.

The FCAI noted that there are more than 400 different models on sale in Australia. However, with varying safety standards between all these models, are the roads necessarily safer as people continue to replace their old cars with new options loaded with safety features? Last year’s rising road toll suggests otherwise, but the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) maintains that newer cars are advancing the safety standards seen on the country’s roads.

In its final test of the year, ANCAP awarded five-star ratings to three vehicles across two different classes. The Fiat 500X proved that SUVs and crossovers – now some of the most popular cars in Australia – can be safe alternatives to more traditional sedans and hatchbacks.

According to ANCAP, one of the prevailing trends from this year is a growing focus on pedestrian safety, with most of the vehicles tested by the organisation classified either as “acceptable” or “good”. With the NSW government reporting that the number of pedestrians who died in incidents rose in 2016, cars that are designed to lessen these impacts could greatly change accident outcomes.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, it’s important that you are fairly compensated for injuries. Get in touch with the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation on your case.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.