Over the years, sport-utility vehicles have become sleeker and, in some cases, smaller vehicles. For many pedestrians in Indiana, this would seem like a good thing as they can avoid large bumpers, mirrors and doors while walking on the road. Unfortunately, this transformation to a sleeker style has not shown any reductions in the threat that SUVs pose to pedestrians. Read on to learn further about this issue and why it is so common across the country.
Why design may be the culprit
Today’s SUV is much smaller than those in the past, but why are pedestrian and bike accidents still occurring at high rates, and why are SUVs often the vehicles involved? Studies have shown that although many SUVs are smaller, they are still larger than most people in the front-end design. This design will act as a sort of blind spot for drivers, which may lead to striking a pedestrian.
Severity of injuries
Pedestrians who’ve been struck by an SUV all tend to have similar injuries. Those injuries include having fractured or broken hips. Because of the design of the vehicles, pedestrians struck by SUVs are much more likely to be thrown farther onto the road than if they were struck by a smaller car, thus increasing the chances of severe injuries. The impact will likely be located around the hip area, which could lead to a loss of function in the legs or other long-term disability.
If you’re a pedestrian who was struck by an SUV, it is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney may provide you with a better chance of obtaining rightful compensation and justice for your injuries.