Pickup Trucks and SUVs Pose the Largest Threat to Pedestrians

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Pedestrians at a crosswalk

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that pickup trucks and SUVs hit and injure pedestrians at a rate much higher than other types of motor vehicles. This is even though SUVs and pickup trucks account for only a small percentage of vehicles on the road.

According to the IIHS, while SUVs, vans, minivans, and pickup trucks are more likely to strike pedestrians in general, risks are significantly increased when these vehicles are turning. The IIHS reports that:

  • Fatal Pedestrian Accident Risks Increase When Turning Left. 2x for SUVs, 3x for vans and minivans, and 4x for pickup trucks
  • Fatal Pedestrian Accident Risks Increase When Turning Right. 89% higher for pickups, 63% higher for SUVs

Even when not turning, larger vehicles are associated with a greater number of serious and fatal pedestrian accidents. Accidents involving SUVs are 51% more likely to result in pedestrian death, regardless of where the accident occurs. Accidents involving pickup trucks are 25% more likely to result in fatalities than those involving smaller vehicles.

Do You Need Help?

When you are injured or a loved one is killed in a pedestrian accident, it can be very difficult to know where to turn for help. Attorney Ira Maurer is here to listen to your story, provide straightforward information about your options and rights, and help you choose the best path forward.

Pedestrian accidents often involve children or the elderly and can have lifelong consequences for those they impact. Insurance settlements may fail to provide the true compensation an injury demands. Having a lawyer on your side helps to ensure you are not accepting less than you are due and that your settlement takes into account all of your damages.

Ira Maurer is an experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who has helped to secure millions in compensation for his clients. We encourage you to call our office at 845-896-5295 to schedule a free case review today.

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