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Pedestrians and SUVs: A deadly combination

Whether walking for exercise or to get from a parked vehicle to an intended destination, a person may find themselves in the position of being a pedestrian among a sea of cars, trucks and other vehicles.

While walking is generally regarded as good for a person’s health, it can unfortunately put a person in harm’s way due to the actions of drivers. When hit by a vehicle, pedestrians may experience serious injury or even death.

Pedestrian risks and sport utility vehicles

For a pedestrian, being hit by any vehicle may be serious. However, as reported by Forbes, it appears that being hit by a sport utility vehicle may post even more significant dangers to a pedestrian than being hit by a smaller passenger vehicle.

The height of an SUV increases the likelihood of injury or impact to the head or the torso region containing vital organs. When hit by an SUV, a pedestrian may also have a high risk of falling under the vehicle versus falling onto the hood of a shorter vehicle.

Advanced technologies fail to protect pedestrians

Many new vehicles today come equipped with pedestrian detection systems and automatic braking systems. One AAA study evaluated some of these vehicles only to find that they failed to protect pedestrians more often than not.

According to Consumer Reports, pedestrian dummies were hit by test vehicles in six out of 10 trials even at slow speeds of only 20 miles per hour and in full daylight conditions. Tests conducted in dark conditions or with child-size dummies yielded even worse results, highlighting the need for further development of safety technologies.

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