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SUVs and pickups add to pedestrian fatalities

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Pedestrian accidents involving SUVs and pickup trucks are often deadlier and cause more damage than those involving other types of vehicles. Due to the high number of large vehicles on Texas roads, the number of fatalities is exceptionally high in this state. Pedestrians should be aware of these dangers and take proper precautions while out and about.

Dangers of SUVs and pickups

Unlike regular cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are deadlier to pedestrians in motor vehicle accidents. SUVs are twice as likely to cause deaths than regular cars while pickup trucks are four times as likely to cause deaths.

SUVs and pickups need more space to turn corners, so they are more likely to hit pedestrians while making turns. The vehicles have larger blind spots that make it harder for drivers to see people on their sides.

Differences between SUVs, pickups and cars

Average-sized SUVs and pickup trucks weigh from 2,000 to 6,000 pounds. The median weight is 5,000 pounds for the most popular models. Vehicles with enhanced parts, such as turbo engines or trailers, weigh more and have more power which increases the force of impact. Although the vehicle runs faster and becomes stronger, its power presents a bigger danger to other drivers and pedestrians.

In contrast, mid-size sedans weigh an average of 3,000 pounds while smaller cars weigh less. Lighter cars are still dangerous and cause fatalities, but the injuries are far less severe than vehicles with larger grilles and more powerful engines.

Thousands of Texans drive SUVs and pickup trucks that present major dangers to pedestrians on roads and highway intersections. The vehicles are proven to increase the rates of fatalities and serious injuries to pedestrians.