Gainesville Car Color and Crash Risk
When you buy a car, you consider a number of features to ensure safety, such as anti-lock brakes, airbags, and navigation systems. However, there is another safety feature you might want to think about when you are buying a car: color.
Most people think of a car’s color as a matter of aesthetic preference. While color is typically considered a cosmetic feature, it can play a role in car safety as well.
Studies have shown that the color of your car may have a connection to safety and whether you are more likely to be in a car accident.
Which Car Colors are More Susceptible to Crashes?
There are legitimate reasons behind the notion that the color of a car can increase or decrease the risk of a crash.
Below are some of those colors and why they are more or less susceptible to being in a car accident.
Studies have shown that the most dangerous car color in terms of crash risk is black. While many people prefer black cars for aesthetic and design reasons, according to studies, black cars are 12% more likely to get into an accident than white cars.
The biggest factor behind black cars being more dangerous largely boils down to visibility. At night, or during adverse road conditions, black cars can be very difficult for other drivers to see, even with headlights on. As a result, drivers of black cars are more likely to get into accidents simply because other cars might have a hard time seeing them on the road.
In addition to this, black cars have the tendency to blend in with the black asphalt of the road and other structures near the road. All of this contributes to black cars being statistically more dangerous in terms of crash risk.
Silver or Gray Cars
Cars that are silver or gray tend to be less dangerous than black cars, but they are still at the top of the list in comparison to other car colors. Studies show that gray cars are eleven percent more likely than white cars to get into an accident, and the likelihood of silver cars to get into an accident is ten percent higher than white cars.
The reasoning behind this is similar to the reasoning for black cars: they can be difficult to see, especially in overcast conditions, or during the night.
It’s important to note that one study did find that silver cars are 50 percent less likely to be in a wreck than vehicles of other colors.
Blue is another popular yet dangerous choice of car color. While blue cars are statistically safer than black or gray cars, they are still considered more dangerous than many other colors. Once again, it comes down to visibility.
Cars that are lighter shades of blue could potentially blend into the sky, and cars that are darker shades of blue could blend into the night sky. The similarity to blue shades in the sky contributes to what makes blue cars dangerous and why they have the dubious honor of being on the risky list.
Red Cars and Green Cars
Red and green cars are also considered to be dangerous colors in terms of crash risk. In the case of red cars, they can blend into traffic lights and the taillights of other cars, making them difficult to see. With green cars, there is apparently a tendency for them to blend into grass next to the road or even road and highway signs. For these reasons, red and green are also on the list of dangerous colors.
Which Car Colors are Safer?
White is the safest color for cars in terms of crash risk. In fact, white cars are 12% less likely to get into a car accident than black cars. In most driving conditions, whether it be night, overcast, or sunny, white cars tend to stand out on the road. In addition, white cars do not blend into the dark asphalt, making them easier for other drivers to see.
Yellow is another one of the safest car colors, for many of the same reasons that white cars are safe. Yellow cars stand out no matter the driving conditions. The fact that yellow is considered particularly safe is the reason it is often the color of school buses and taxis, which have a responsibility to keep public passengers safe.
The safer color list is rounded out with orange and gold.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help if You Have Been in a Car Accident?
Our lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A., have been handling motor vehicle accidents for decades, including car crashes, motorcycle accidents, and trucking accidents. We have decades of experience in personal injury law and we have successfully handled countless car crash cases.
No matter the reason for your accident, if it was caused by another’s negligence, we can help you get justice. Car accidents can happen any time and for any reason—from mechanical failure to failing to obey traffic laws. In some cases, even the colors of the cars involved can make a difference in whether or not the drivers are more likely to be in an accident.
Contact a Gainesville Car Crash Lawyer Today
While most people consider car color to be a purely aesthetic decision, you may want to consider the color of your car from a safety standpoint as well. Unfortunately, that does not mean you are guaranteed to avoid being in a car accident.
No matter the colors of the cars involved, if you have been injured as a result of a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact our Florida personal injury law firm. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we fight to get you justice and the compensation you need to ensure a full recovery.
Call today for a free consultation and speak with our experienced car accident attorneys.