Are Some Car Colors More Dangerous Than Others?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle June 30 2023 3:17 pm

Are Some Car Colors More Dangerous Than Others?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle June 30 2023 3:17 pm
Are Some Car Colors More Dangerous Than Others?

When you decided to buy a car, maybe the color wasn’t the first thing that you considered. Perhaps the safety features, cost, and durability were more important. However, have you considered what role color plays in your car’s safety? Some car colors actually have a lower risk of car accidents than others. So next time, when choosing a car, you may also want to take into consideration the color you select.


What are the safest car colors? 

White, silver, yellow, cream, and beige are considered among the safest car colors.  Why are these colors considered safe?  White, cream, and beige have a lower risk for car crashes due to the visibility provided by these colors. They sit in stark contrast to the surroundings, like the gray asphalt, green grass, and blue sky. Simply put, these colors are easier to see in the midst of an array of colors. 

Yellow is also a bright and highly visible color. Therefore, it makes sense why colors that pop more easily would allow for visibility that can prevent an accident.


What are the least safe car colors? 

Black is a classic color regaled for its elegance and sleek simplicity. However, its allure means little when black cars carry the highest risk of an accident. Why is this? Black is particularly challenging to see at night. In addition, the color blends in easily with asphalt on the ground–making it difficult to spot a black car in the crucial moments leading up to an accident. Studies show that black cars are 12% more likely to get into accidents than other cars and 47% more likely to get into an accident at night.   

Are Some Car Colors More Dangerous Than Others?

Additional colors with low visibility and an increased risk of an accident include dark gray, red, and blue. Dark gray can be hard to see since it also blends in with the color of asphalt. The remaining colors blend in easily with the driving backdrop – a blue sky or red and green stop lights and signs, for example. 


Factors that also create greater risks of accidents:

These factors can also influence the risk of a car accident: 

  • Road conditions: Unfavorable road conditions that contribute to an accident include snow, ice, rain and uneven surfaces.
  • DUI: You increase your risk of having an accident if you are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Distracted driving: In 2021, Distracted driving was responsible for 8.2% of all road deaths.  That is a very high number, especially since this loss of life can easily be prevented. Drivers should avoid texting, engaging in heavy conversation, or experiencing intense emotions that impact focus.  
  • Weather conditions: Fog, for example, can create low visibility that increases the risk of an accident. 

Set Up An Appointment with a Kansas Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been in a car accident, you should contact a car accident attorney to assess your rights and be equitably compensated for damages. Pyle Law will also help to determine liability. Set up an appointment today.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.