Advanced safety features have made car accidents in Louisiana much less deadly than they were several decades ago. However, while cars have made rapid advancements in safety technology, a new study has revealed that SUVs are still lagging behind. The number of pedestrian deaths on the highway is steadily increasing, and the increased number of SUVs on the road might have something to do with it.
Are SUVs more dangerous than traditional vehicles?
Pedestrian/bicycle accidents are typically much more dangerous for the pedestrian than they are for the driver of the vehicle. But if the driver was in an SUV at the time, the pedestrian has a much higher risk of death and severe injuries.
A recent study revealed that 30% of SUV accidents result in fatalities when the vehicle was driving at 39 miles per hour or slower, compared with 23% of car accidents. Worse still, if the SUV was driving at 40 miles per hour or faster, the accidents had a 100% fatality rate. Conversely, cars had a 53% fatality rate under the same conditions.
Unfortunately, the issue seems to be getting worse. Another study revealed that the number of pedestrians killed in pedestrian accidents increased by 53% from 2009 to 2018. The broad, blocky front end of an SUV is often blamed for the frequency of pedestrian fatalities. Experts have suggested that a redesign could reduce the number of fatalities, but there are no major redesigns currently on the market.
What can you do if you’ve been struck by a car or an SUV?
Pedestrians have just as much of a right to the road as motorists. Unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians are struck in the U.S. every year by drivers who weren’t paying attention. The driver’s injuries are usually minimal, but you might end up with severe, catastrophic injuries. An attorney could help you hold the driver accountable for roadway negligence.