Pedestrians are injured or killed each year in motor vehicle accidents involving many types of vehicles. However, it’s now clear that some vehicle types are more dangerous to pedestrians than others.
Why are trucks and SUVs more dangerous to pedestrians?
One reason is that they are taller than smaller passenger cars, so their front ends strike pedestrians in the chest or head. This can cause serious injuries or death. In addition, trucks and SUVs have larger grilles that can do a lot of damage if they hit a pedestrian’s legs.
Another reason trucks and SUVs are more dangerous to pedestrians is that they weigh more than passenger cars. This means that these vehicles can do more damage when they either hit something that’s close to the pedestrian, such as a tree or pole (which in turn hits the pedestrian) or when they hit the pedestrian directly.
Lastly, drivers of trucks and SUVs often have a hard time seeing pedestrians, especially if the pedestrian is crossing the street at an intersection or between parked cars or is otherwise in the truck’s or SUV’s blind spot. This increases the chances that the pedestrian may be struck.
Reducing the risk
There are some things that can be done to reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, and trucks or SUVs. One is to design better headlights that illuminate the area in front of and to the sides of the vehicle so that drivers have a better view of pedestrians during twilight hours. Another is to add sensors to the front and sides of vehicles that can detect pedestrians and warn the driver if someone is in or near the vehicle’s path.
Both drivers and pedestrians can also help by being more aware of their surroundings and taking care to avoid dangerous situations. Drivers should slow down and pay attention when in areas where there are likely to be pedestrians, such as near schools or retail stores and in urban areas. Pedestrians should be careful when crossing the street, especially at night or in bad weather. In addition, pedestrians should consider wearing brighter or reflective clothing, as this makes them more visible to vehicle traffic.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to understand your rights and options. With the right steps and information, you can recover the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.