Pedestrians often worry about reckless drivers when they cross streets or pass driveways. An Indiana driver’s behavior behind the wheel could put others at risk, but other factors might present dangers. For example, the type of vehicle someone drives may come with added risks. An SUV’s size and height could contribute to a higher degree of harm.
Pedestrians and SUVs
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed a study of 14,000 crashes that caused pedestrian fatalities and ones involving left-turning SUVs were double those with cars. Statistics related to vans, minivans and pickup trucks were even higher. Drivers who operate these vehicles may need to be careful when turning because weak visibility might result in a driver not seeing a pedestrian.
Pedestrians could suffer severe injuries when hit by any vehicle, but larger models might inflict more harm. The driver may run over the victim if an SUV driver does not see a pedestrian. The crushing weight of an SUV could cause life-ending injuries. Those who survive pedestrian-SUV accidents may deal with injuries that decrease their quality of life.
Civil actions and pedestrian accidents
SUV drivers and other motorists who do not employ proper care when making left turns could face a liability claim if they cause pedestrian and bike accidents. Drivers must be mindful of blind spots when making turns or changing lanes. They must also follow the rules of the road. Making an illegal left-hand turn on red or turning while pedestrians or bicyclists have the right of way could leave a driver facing a negligence lawsuit.
Bicyclists and pedestrians who experience harm due to a driver’s negligence actions could file an insurance claim. If the driver has auto liability coverage, the victim may seek a settlement from the insurance provider.