Pedestrians may want to be particularly careful when SUVs are nearby. Statistics point to recent years seeing an increase in pedestrian fatalities involving SUVs.
How big is this increase? Well, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, SUV-related pedestrian deaths went up 81 percent between 2009 and 2016.
Now, this same period saw an increase in SUVs out on the road. However, this increase was only 37 percent. So, it appears that there is more at play in the jump in pedestrian fatalities connected to SUVs than there just being more of this type of vehicle out there.
Some argue that SUVs have certain characteristics that are contributing to this trend. This includes things such as:
- High power
- Bigger blind spots
- Vehicle design that could make strikes to a pedestrian’s head or chest particularly likely in the event of a collision
Are there any things in particular you would like to see done with design or technology in SUVs in upcoming years to address this worrisome trend?
What can pedestrians do to try to reduce their chances of being involved in an accident with an SUV? Steps they can take include being attentive and watchful when crossing roads and making eye contact with SUV drivers to make sure such drivers realize they are there.
It is also critical for SUV drivers to be distraction-free and watchful for pedestrians. When pedestrians are hurt or killed due to SUV driver negligence, skilled personal injury attorneys can help victims or their families seek justice and financial relief.