What Made the Original Dodge Viper the Most Dangerous Modern Sports Car

1. Chevrolet Corvette

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What’s the make of the car that’s been following me for the previous five miles? It’s most likely a Chevrolet Corvette. Yeah, I know, we always advocate inexpensive ‘Vettes here at Ideal… However, if you’re looking for one, you should be aware of what you’re getting yourself into.

‘Vettes, you see, are the car of choice for people who have a need for speed but don’t have a lot of money or sense! As a result, the Corvette is undeniably one of today’s most dangerous automobiles.

There’s nothing wrong with the design of this speed machine; it’s the people who drive it that are the problem. The phrases “reckless” and “hot-headed” come to mind when describing a typical Corvette driver.

And that’s likely because people who buy them, just aren’t equipped to handle what the Vette has to offer. They’re fast, powerful, and easily maneuverable, but when you let the need for speed take over, well let’s just say, going past the limits in a Corvette is a bit different than a Toyota Camry.

So by all means, go out and get yourself a Chevy Corvette. But if you do so, maybe consider taking a high performance driving class as well…

Passenger cars account for the most fatal crashes, but motorcyclists are most likely to be killed in a crash, by far

Despite the most deadly individual models being largely pickups and SUVs, cars are still involved in more crashes than any other type of passenger vehicle. A total of 100,388 passenger cars were involved in fatal crashes over the course of our study. Pickups and SUVs are involved in approximately equal numbers of fatal crashes — 42,774, and 41,207, respectively. Minivans were in just 11,006 fatal crashes.

Though motorcycles were involved in a comparatively small number of fatal crashes — 25,803 total — they are vastly overrepresented when controlling for the number of vehicles on the road. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were 8.7 million motorcycles on the road out of 273.6 million total. That means that motorcycles account for just 3% of vehicles but are involved in 10% of fatal crashes.

Furthermore, the typical number of motorcycle occupants killed per crash is a staggering 0.98. This means that if a motorcyclist is involved in a fatal crash, it’s the motorcyclist or their passenger who is killed nearly every time.

Conversely, bus riders are very unlikely to be killed in a crash. Despite the fact that buses can carry a lot of people, the typical bus-involved fatal crash has just 0.20 occupant fatalities. This means that at least 80% of the time, no one on the bus is killed at all.

Despite the most deadly individual models being largely pickups and SUVs, cars are still involved in more crashes than any other type of passenger vehicle.


8. Nissan Versa (2015-19)

The sedan version of the Nissan Versa has also improved in safety since we last updated this list. It drops from number five to number eight. The overall safety of these vehicles is rated ‘poor’ according to the IIHS due to a small overlap on the front driver’s side in a crash.

  • 88 deaths per million registrations
  • 42 deaths per million were in single-vehicle crashes; 14 deaths per million single-vehicle rollover
  • 49 deaths per million multi-vehicle crashes
Kia Forte
Kia Forte

Is the Toyota Corolla one of the deadliest cars in America?

The Toyota Corolla is one of the deadliest cars in America, per the ValuePenguin report. However, that does make sense considering that Toyota sold 303,732 Corollas in 2018 alone. Still, the 3,430 fatal incidents associated with the sedan are troubling.  

A Toyota Corolla badge | Tomohiro Ohsumi, Getty Im
A Toyota Corolla badge | Tomohiro Ohsumi, Getty Images

3. Delorean DMC-12

The Delorean DMC-12, made famous by Back to the Fu

The Delorean DMC-12, made famous by Back to the Future, has become an American icon. But, unlike in the movies, you might not want to take one to 88 mph…

The Delorean’s characteristic look stems from its unique design, which is also the source of its safety issue. Drivers who have been in rollover accidents have no way of getting out because to those futuristic gullwing doors! You could be imprisoned inside a Delorean if you get into a catastrophic accident! Which implies you’re very much up a creek without a paddle if your crash happens where no one sees it… especially when you consider that if you’re human-sized like me, the windows are too small to wriggle out of.

Fortunately, the Delorean isn’t a car you see on the road very often these days, partly because it’s effectively a prison cell on wheels, and partly because it’s actually not a very good automobile.

Being imprisoned inside a fully functional Delorean while waiting for a crew to get you out is bad enough, but being trapped inside one while waiting for a crew to get you out is even worse. That’s a fate that’s even worse than death.

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Do yourself a favour and avoid using a Delorean to travel back in time.

Is the Toyota Camry the safest car?

According to the study, the Camry is one of the deadliest vehicles on the road. However, considering that the Toyota Camry was the most popular car in America at the time of the study, it makes sense that there would be many accidents involving it. Still, unfortunately, there were 4,734 fatal incidents with a Toyota Camry. Numbers like that get the Camry a spot on the list of deadliest cars.

2018 Toyota Camry | Scott Olson, Getty Images
2018 Toyota Camry | Scott Olson, Getty Images

2. Porsche Carrera GT

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, an experienc
Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, an experienced performance driver, was a passenger in a Carrera GT like this one when he died.

The Porsche CGT is one of the most highly regarded supercars of all time. Its reputation for being a widowmaker only really took hold after the tragic death of Paul Walker, who died when riding shotgun in a CGT back in 2013. His death shook the car community to its core, and looking for someone to blame, the community pointed their fingers at the car, and not without reason. The CGT has a screaming V10, a manual transmission, and, importantly, no stability control. This means that it takes a special kind of skill to drive it quickly.

Adding to this reputation is the fact that the CGT was a limited production car. So those who own them often keep them as collector’s items rather than daily drivers. This lack of frequent use means that many CGT’s are riding around on 10-year-old tires. Their rubber has degraded to the point of having the traction properties of a Little Tikes car’s plastic wheels. These old tires paired with the CGT’s sheer power make it a difficult car to control at speed.

4. First-Gen Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper, with almost no safety features, i
The Dodge Viper, with almost no safety features, is about as close to the definition of ‘death trap’ as you can get.

Finally moving away from Porsches (jeez, Porsche!), we can talk about some classically American death traps. Let’s start with the first-gen Viper. When you look at its specs on paper, it becomes readily apparent why the original Viper was so dangerous. It had a hilariously large 8.0L V10 with 465lb-ft of torque, no traction control, no stability control, no anti-lock brakes, and no air bags. Need I say more?

Earlier in this piece I said that no car is actively trying to kill its driver, they’re just harder to drive than normal cars. However, the Viper might be an exception. In fact, the Viper was such a basic, no-concern-for-its-passengers car that it didn’t even have features that most people would consider necessary. For example, the earliest Vipers had no exterior door handles. If you wanted to get in your viper, you had to reach inside and pull the interior door handle. The Viper also had no windows. It did offer plastic contraptions that you could install yourself if you insisted on having windows, but in its basic form, the Viper didn’t even have windows. So, not only was it a widowmaker, it was barely even a fully built car.  

The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

When you are car shopping, the price point may be the top priority, however considering the vehicle’s history, recall status, and rating can help keep you and your family safe. Even the safest driver should avoid the most dangerous vehicles on the roadways. A car accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm understands that the aftermath of an unexpected injury can be a difficult adjustment period. You will face challenges from dealing with mounting medical bills to dealing with insurance adjusters. However, this is not something you have to take on alone. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages.

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