Style contributes to the popularity of SUVs, and so do the vehicles’ practical purposes. Even a compact SUV provides enough space to transport multiple passengers while providing enough mass and frame to increase collision safety. Unfortunately, the size presents dangers to pedestrians in California and around the country. While all vehicles could threaten pedestrians’ well-being, data show SUVs may present the most significant threats.
SUVs and the dangers to pedestrians
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study that delivered sobering results: a late-model SUV proves more life-threatening to pedestrians than the average car.
The study looked at crash data from Michigan and noted that speed factors into how much damage an SUV could inflict. However, an SUV may cause more instances of severe injuries and fatalities than a car traveling at the same speed.
Negligence and SUV/pedestrian accidents
After a pedestrian accident occurs, an investigation might take place. The review may uncover facts that support criminal charges or a personal injury lawsuit. As noted above, speed contributes to the amount of damage an SUV may cause. Anyone who drives above the speed limit may be negligent for accidents and related injuries.
Of course, there are other ways an SUV driver could be liable for an accident. Many parents purchase SUVs to transport their children. And yes, dealing with children inside a vehicle could prove distracting. A parent who chooses to drive while engaged in distracting multitasking activities could be liable for any harm to a pedestrian.
Various other dangerous behaviors could cause an accident. Driving under the influence and committing moving violations are two examples. In both instances, the SUV driver may face a lawsuit.