There are many myths involving car color and auto accident statistics, but some of these old wives’ tales may have some facts behind them. Few studies have been done to determine whether specific cars are more likely to be in accidents, but some research shows a correlation between car color and accidents involving injuries and fatalities.
Psychological studies have already revealed that color plays a significant role in your behavior. Blue has a calming effect while red elevates your blood pressure and heart rate. Some colors cause fatigue, stress, lowered visual perception and eyesight interference, but do these colors also contribute to car crashes? Studies done in New Zealand, Britain and the United States say it may have a stronger impact than you realize.
Researchers tried to take into consideration the age, gender, time of day and weather conditions during accidents, but some of these aspects are difficult to exclude. A 2007 report by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) concluded that cars of these colors could be at a higher risk of an accident when compared to white motor vehicles:
A 2003 study published by the British Medical Journal established that silver cars are half as likely to be involved in an accident than white cars. In addition, a dark colored car may increase your risk of a crash, but what matters the most is your driving behavior. You can decrease your crash risk by:
- Following the speed limit.
- Avoiding drinking and driving.
- Stowing electronics to prevent distracted driving.
- Refraining from fatigued driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please call our lawyer in Sedona today at 928-778-2660to schedule your consultation. Our accident and injury lawyers serve clients in Sedona, Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona and surrounding areas.