The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released research stating that drivers of older model cars are at a higher risk of dying in an accident. Specifically, cars manufactured at least 18 years ago are 71 percent more likely to lead to a fatal crash than those made three years ago or earlier. This may cause many in Louisiana and elsewhere to reconsider their options when searching for used cars.
The NHTSA study goes on to state that vehicles that are eight to 11 years old are only 19 percent more likely to lead to fatal accidents. Those that are four to seven years old are only 10 percent worse.