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Insurance Study Finds Pedestrians More Likely to Be Killed by SUVs than Sedans

June 24, 2020

USA- writes that pedestrians are at a greater risk of being killed by SUVs than by smaller cars. The study, which was completed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The researchers analyzed 79 collisions that occurred in Michigan. In most cases, the design of a traditional SUV leads to an impact with a pedestrian between the vehicle’s grill and the victim’s chest or pelvis. Because of the way in which these vehicles strike a person, more energy is transferred into the pedestrian's body.

SUVs, and other similar vehicles, are becoming increasingly popular in the United States not only because of the point of impact but also because they are larger and heavier than smaller cars. When traveling above nineteen miles-per-hour, the risk of severe injuries and death increases with impacts involving SUVs.

Pedestrian deaths are becoming an ever-increasing problem in the United States. Early estimates from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) suggest that last year could have been the worst year for pedestrian fatalities in more than three decades. If accurate, 6590 people likely died in pedestrian collisions in 2019, indicating a five percent increase as compared to 2018. The GHSA includes SUVs as at least part of the reason for the growing number of these tragic accidents. 

Other likely causes include warmer weather, which could be encouraging people to get out and walk more, and the increased use of cellphones by drivers. While pedestrians are dying in larger numbers, passenger vehicle occupant fatalities are on the decline. 

It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education.  Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway.  Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries.  To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting

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Category: Personal Injury

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