SUVs have become increasingly popular in California over the past few years, but with that popularity comes a serious risk to pedestrians. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety asserts that SUVs and other large vehicles are likelier to hit pedestrians while turning than smaller vehicles.
SUVs hit differently than cars
Pedestrian accidents involving SUVs can be deadly due to the vehicle’s size and weight. The same study found that pedestrians are twice as likely to die in an SUV accident than in a car.
Accept medical attention at the scene if possible
If you or others you care about are in a pedestrian accident with an SUV, get medical attention right away, even if you don’t feel injured. Concussions or internal bleeding may not show symptoms immediately but can be serious and even life-threatening if left untreated.
Get witness contact information
Gather as much information as possible at the scene of the accident, including the driver’s contact and insurance information and the names and contact information of any witnesses. This information can be crucial in building a case if you decide to pursue legal action.
Compensation may be available
If an SUV injures you while walking, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. You may have legal options available.
Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility
To reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents with SUVs, drivers and pedestrians must take responsibility for their behavior while out and about. For drivers, this means being vigilant and watching out for pedestrians at all times, particularly when making turns or backing up. It’s also important to obey traffic laws and speed limits and avoid distractions like texting or eating while driving.
For pedestrians, always be aware of your surroundings and make sure you’re visible to drivers. This means wearing bright or reflective clothing when walking at night and crossing streets only at designated crosswalks or intersections. It’s also important to avoid distractions like texting or listening to music while walking.