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2 reasons SUVs and pick-up trucks are more dangerous

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Personal Injury

Every day, you likely have to share the road with drivers who are in oversized SUVs and pick-up trucks. Examples include popular vehicles like the Chevy Silverado or the Ford Explorer. These vehicles have been slowly growing in size over the decades, and there are even some drivers who will add lift kits to make them even larger.

All of this is very dangerous, as these vehicles make it vastly more likely that other people will die in car accidents. This risk is greatest for pedestrians and cyclists, but also increases for those in smaller vehicles. There are many reasons for the danger behind pick-up trucks and SUVs, but here are two of the main ones to keep in mind.

Height and design

To begin with, these are very tall vehicles, and they are typically designed with a blunt or flat front end. When a person or a cyclist is struck by one of these vehicles, it’s far more likely that they will be knocked down to the pavement, where they’re at risk of being run over by the front tires. The design of the vehicle makes it more likely that someone who gets hit will suffer fatal injuries.

Energy transfer

In car accidents involving other vehicles, this height difference can be problematic. But the sheer weight of these vehicles also plays a role, as they tend to transfer more energy into the vehicles that they hit. As a result, someone in a small passenger car is more likely to suffer fatal injuries than someone in an oversized vehicle – regardless of who caused the crash.

Unfortunately, these vehicles are very popular, so you face this risk consistently. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.