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Larger vehicles can be more dangerous to pedestrians

On Behalf of | May 3, 2022 | Pedestrian Accidents |

Pedestrians take risks when crossing streets or merely remain near moving vehicles. Minnesota accidents involving pedestrians and cars could result in terrible injuries, and incidents with larger models come with potentially worse outcomes. When a heavy-duty pickup truck or a full-sized SUV hits a jogger or another pedestrian, the chances of severe injuries are significant.

Pedestrians, large vehicles, and great dangers

The journal Economics of Transportation reviewed traffic fatality data from 2000 to 2019 and arrived at a startling conclusion. The published report suggests that 3,300 deaths likely occurred due to the prevalence of SUVs replacing standard cars. When looking at the gradual increase in minivans, pick-up trucks, and SUVs on the road, the periodical suggests more than 8,100 avoidable fatalities occurred.

On the surface, it would appear that the increased mass and weight of the oversized vehicles inflict more harm. That’s not to suggest a smaller car cannot contribute to fatal injuries, as thousands of accident reports attest. However, pedestrians should be mindful of the additional risks larger vehicles pose.

Drivers and negligence

Pedestrian accidents might happen because a driver was negligent. When an SUV driver backs out of a parking spot without carefully looking, the driver may be liable if a pedestrian gets hurt.

Tailgating represents a bad driving habit embodied by truck drivers who want to force other drivers to speed up or pull off to the side. A driver may get away with tailgating numerous times until the day comes when the behavior causes a terrible crash. Attempts to present a good excuse for tailgating might be futile.

The same might be true when drunk, fatigued, or distracted driving causes a collision. Speeding increases the chances for collisions, and so might poor vehicle maintenance. Ultimately, any negligent action or non-action could lead a driver into a civil lawsuit.