Crash factors series: Color-coding car wrecks

Are some vehicle paint colors more dangerous than others?

There’s no easy answer to that question. Various studies over the last decade have analyzed the possible correlation between vehicle color and crash rates, with differing results. But one common finding among multiple studies is that black vehicles seem to be involved in more wrecks than vehicles of other colors.

In 2013, the Accident Research Center at Monash University in New Zealand studied data from 850,000 crashes over a 20-year period, and determined that black vehicles were 47 percent more likely to be involved in an accident than white vehicles (attributed to lower visibility on roadways).

But there are far more recognizable contributing factors to auto crashes than car color, such as distracted driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision and someone else is at fault, it’s important to educate yourself on your rights.

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