Most people are aware that the type of vehicle they drive, together with a number of other factors, including even the color of their vehicle, affect the cost of their automobile insurance. That is because insurance companies have studied which vehicles are more likely to be involved in an accident and adjust the rates accordingly. For instance, statistics have shown that red cars receive more speeding tickets than cars of a different color, and therefore the insurance rates for red cars are higher.
On December 22, 2020, BGR News reported that Insurify, an American insurance comparison shopping website, compiled data from car insurance applications to determine which vehicle models had the greatest chance of being driven by someone who had been convicted of a DUI.
Interestingly, the vehicles most likely to be driven by someone with a DUI conviction were pickup trucks, followed next by luxury cars such as the BMW 4 series and BMW 7 series.
Vehicles operated by individuals having the least number of DUI convictions were reported to be the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Sante Fe, and Toyota Sienna. More details about the final report may be found in the BGR article linked here. The cost of insurance is is just something to consider when you think about purchasing your next vehicle.
About the Author: Steven Oberman has been licensed in Tennessee since 1980, and successfully defended over 2,500 DUI defendants. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Steve has served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) and currently serves as chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee. Steve was the first lawyer in Tennessee to be Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the NCDD.
He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee, updated annually since 1991 (Thomson-West), and co-author with Lawrence Taylor of the national treatise, Drunk Driving Defense, 8th edition (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen). Steve has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received a number of prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. He is a popular international speaker, having spoken at legal seminars in 30 states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries. After being named a Fulbright Scholar, Steve was honored to teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Latvia Law School in the capital city of Riga, Latvia during the Spring Semester of 2019. If you would like to contact the author, please visit his website at www.tndui.com.