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Does the color of your car impact your accident odds?

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2022 | Car Accidents |

There are a lot of different factors that play into how likely you are to be involved in a car accident. Most of these involve decisions made by people – either the decisions that you make or the decisions made by the drivers around you. You can only control the choices that you make, so there’s always some level of risk.

But you may find yourself wondering what things you can do when you’re not even driving to make yourself safer. For instance, is there a certain color of car that you should buy if you want to reduce your accident odds?

White cars are the safest

It doesn’t make a massive difference, but some studies have found that white cars are safer than other colors. For example, they are about 12% safer than black cars.

The reason for this is simply that darker cars tend to blend into the background or into the road itself. Lighter cars stand out more and are more visible. For this reason, colors like lime green, orange or red may also be far safer. That increased visibility means that other drivers are less likely to make mistakes such as cutting you off or turning in front of you.

In fact, this difference may make the biggest impact for motorcyclists. They are often hit when drivers say they simply didn’t see the motorcycle, so having a bright-colored bike instead of a black one could do wonders for improving motorcycle safety. 

Have you been injured?

Of course, you can be injured in a car of any color if someone else causes the crash. If that does happen, then you need to make sure you know how to seek financial compensation from the driver who was responsible. 

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