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THE TOP SAFETY PICKS FOR 2010 CARS

Are You Protected in a Car Accident?

It's not the Emmy's, but it is very important to automakers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its "top safety pick" today to 19 passenger cars and eight sport utility vehicles for the 2010 model year.

And the winners were . . .

Large Cars
Buick LaCrosse
Ford Taurus
Lincoln MKS
Volvo S80

Midsize Cars
Audi A3
Chevrolet Malibu built after October 2009
Chrysler Sebring 4-door with optional electronic stability control
Dodge Avenger with optional electronic stability control
Mercedes C class
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Volkswagen Jetta sedan
Volkswagen Passat sedan
Volvo C30

Small Cars
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Kia Soul
Nissan Cube
Subaru Impreza except WRX
Volkswagen Golf 4-door

Midsize SUVs
Dodge Journey
Subaru Tribeca
Volvo XC60
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs
Honda Element
Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags
Subaru Forester
Volkswagen Tiguan

Toyota Motor Corp., BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. were shut out in the annual IIHS review.

According to IIHS' news release, Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover car crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control, which research shows significantly reduces crash risk.

"With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all 4 of the most common kinds of crashes," says Institute president Adrian Lund.

A new requirement for strong roofs recognizes manufacturers with vehicles that provide good protection in rollover car accidents, which kill more than 9,000 people in passenger vehicles each year. The Institute estimates that stronger roofs reduce the risk of serious and fatal injury in single-vehicle rollover car accidents by about 50 percent compared with roofs meeting the minimum requirement.

Front and side impacts and rollover car accidents killed 24,056 passenger vehicle occupants in 2008. Rear-end crashes usually aren't fatal but result in a large proportion of automobile crash injuries. Neck sprain or strain is the most commonly reported injury in two-thirds of insurance claims for injuries in all kinds of crashes.

Even people in the Top Safety Picks cars get injured when a negligent driver hits them. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida car accident, click here to schedule a free case consultation with Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. As a prior car accident victim, Attorney Matthew Noyes understands the upheaval a car accident can have on your life.

Matthew E. Noyes, Esq. is admitted to practice in all Florida courts as well as the United States District Court. He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Clearwater Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
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Matthew E. Noyes, Esq. is admitted to practice in all Florida courts as well as the United States District Court. He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Clearwater Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
For an immediate response regarding a free case evaluation, send an E-mail, or call 727-724-7800.

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Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, Personal Injury Attorneys, Since 1955