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Study Ranks Cars With Most Personal Injury Claims

Toyota Yaris drivers, be warned. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, drivers of the tiny compact are more likely to get injured in a crash compared to drivers of any other car.

The study looked at insurance statistics for model years 2009-2011, and found that personal injury claims were filed 28.5 times for every 1,000 Yaris vehicles insured.

In second place came the Suzuki SX4 with 26.6 claims per 1,000 vehicles. Other vehicles that made the list were the Chevrolet Aveo, Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and the Nissan Versa.

Not surprising is the fact that vehicles with the highest personal injury claims tend to be small cars. Small cars sales have been increasing in past years with rising gas prices, and the Yaris is one of the most popular.

However, Toyota is defending its vehicle as it was the among the 2012 'top safety picks' by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The insurance statistics are important because it shows which vehicles' passengers are most likely to be injured in real life scenarios, not just crash tests.

The study also focused on cars that suffered the highest dollar amount of damage in an accident. The Ferrari California did the worst, with an average claim of $82,112.

The vehicles with the least amount of personal injury claims were the Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible, Ford F-150, Land Rover Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade.

Source: LA Times, "Toyota Yaris ranked worst among injury claims in insurance study," Sept. 21, 2012.

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