One factor may be to blame, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in the 80% increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. The rising popularity of SUVs and large trucks might be the cause according to IIHS research.
Vehicles with large grilles (over 40 inches off the ground) have been estimated to increase pedestrian death by 45%. However, SUVs aren’t the only vehicles with such front ends. Large passenger trucks can create the same result.
While popularity of a vehicle is a driving market consideration, manufacturers must also consider safe design. IIHS recommends lowering the font end of these types of vehicles. Another possibility is angling the grille to avoid increased head and neck injuries. Simple design changes could save many lives.
At Graham & Mauer, our attorneys have years of experience handling pedestrian injury cases. Pedestrian injuries are some of the most serious type of personal injury. Without the protection of a car around you, being struck by another vehicle often causes serious life-changing injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, call for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at Graham & Mauer.