Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are among the most popular models on the roads in Alabama. Their size allows for more cargo and passenger space, driving the appeal. Yet, an SUV’s size poses dangers to pedestrians. Data shows pedestrians suffered higher fatality rates in SUV collisions than persons involved in accidents with other models.
SUV fatality rates
Pedestrian deaths were 63% greater with SUVs than with other vehicles. The figure comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which tracks such data. A fact worth noting is these deaths more commonly occur when a pedestrian is on the roadside and not when the SUV turns, as would be the case at an intersection.
Still, pedestrians should be cautious when walking around vehicles, significantly larger vehicles that have larger blind spots. No matter where an accident occurs, pedestrians face catastrophic injuries and possible fatalities due to the crushing weight of an SUV. A traditional car poses dangers, but the size and mass of trucks and SUVs make the vehicles more capable of inflicting more harm.
Reasons for accidents
Accidents involving SUVs and pedestrians occur for many reasons. Such catastrophic auto accidents might result from negligence on the driver’s part. A distracted or fatigued driver could drift from the right lane onto the shoulder of the road, hitting someone. Speeding and other moving violations, such as going through a red light, might contribute to collisions.
Catastrophic injuries could lead to permanent disabilities and high medical and care-related costs. In addition, the victim may have a credible civil claim when an SUV or another driver’s negligence causes the accident.