SUVs more of a danger to pedestrians than cars

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2022 | personal injury

Pedestrian fatalities are surging across many parts of New York and the United States, and there are several factors that may be contributing to the uptick. Studies suggest that the growing popularity of SUVs is playing a big role in the rising number of pedestrian fatalities seen across the nation, with these larger, heavier vehicles typically causing more injuries and damage than traditional passenger sedans.

According to J.D. Power, collisions between cars and pedestrians rarely end in the pedestrian’s favor. This is especially true in the case of SUVs.

How popular SUVs have become

A review of SUV sales numbers in recent years shows just how much more popular these vehicles have become among American consumers. As of 2009, only about a fifth of the cars out on U.S. roadways were SUVs. Yet, not 10 years later, about 29% of cars on the nation’s roads were SUVs. These days, 70% of all new vehicles sold across the country are SUVs.

Why SUVs are such a danger to pedestrians

While the size and weight of SUVs make them more of a threat to pedestrians, the body styles of these vehicles also create specific dangers. SUVs have higher leading edges than standard sedans. So, while a sedan that hits a pedestrian may cause damage somewhere on the pedestrian’s lower body, an SUV tends to hit higher up. This increases the chances of a pedestrian suffering internal injuries or other serious injuries to his or her head, neck or back.

Drivers have a duty to exercise care when traveling near pedestrians. However, pedestrians, too, must be extra vigilant as more Americans show a clear preference for larger, heavier and more dangerous vehicles.