What is the purpose of those safety ratings for cars?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2021 | Personal injury |

Residents of Jamestown and other nearby areas of New York should learn about car safety ratings. Is a car with a higher rating safer, and that there will be no injuries in an accident? What do those safety ratings really mean?

According to WACH Fox57 there are two agencies that rate cars and results depend on the agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are the agencies that provide the ratings.

A 5-star rating does not mean that you will not get injured in a motor vehicle accident, also known as an MVA; it just means that a particular car is safer than others that are on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates in numbers

If the car has a 5-star rating, it means it is safer than a car with a 4 or 3-star rating. However, it does not mean that injuries cannot happen in a 5-star-rated vehicle. People often like to look at ratings from both agencies before deciding on which car to buy for safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has a different scale

Instead of a number-based scale, this agency uses a system of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor. According to data collected over the years, a Good rating says the driver is 46 percent less likely to die than the driver of a car with a rating of Poor.

For both agencies, their top picks mean that a driver is less likely to die in an accident when driving a Good or 5-star vehicle. In both cases, however, a driver may have a chance to receive an injury if in an accident. Tests take place differently by each agency, so a comparison between agency ratings is a bit more difficult.

If you or a loved one have received an injury from a motor vehicle accident, it may be wise to consult with a knowledgeable attorney versed in this type of law. They may help you receive the compensation you deserve and move on with your life.