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SUVs are more dangerous to pedestrians in Georgia than cars

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2023 | Personal Injury

SUVs have become popular in Georgia and the rest of the country because they are large and comfortable to ride in. Unfortunately, they pose a greater threat to pedestrians than smaller vehicles. In fact, according to a recent study, the odds of an SUV hitting a pedestrian when making a right turn is 63% higher than cars.

Reasons why SUVs are more dangerous than cars

For one, SUVs are heavier and larger than sedans, so if they were to hit a someone, the damage would likely be more severe. And since they are higher off the ground, the car will likely strike someone in the torso, causing potentially deadly internal injuries.

Moreover, SUVs have more significant blind spots that reduce visibility, making it difficult for drivers to spot pedestrians. They also have oversized frames and narrower surfaces, making it difficult to see people crossing in front of them.

How to stay safe as a pedestrian

Car Accidents occur in a split second, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution than to react when danger is imminent. Adhering to customary traffic laws like looking both ways before crossing the road, using pedestrian crossings and wearing bright clothing are some of the basic safety precautions you can take.

On top of that, you should also be mindful of your environment and the vehicles around you. Pay attention to larger SUVs and give them more space whenever they are approaching.

What to do when hit

Symptoms of internal injuries are not always obvious at first. Therefore, you should see a doctor as soon as possible regardless of how you feel.

If you sustain injuries, you might be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the driver. You might get compensation for your medical expenses and any other losses incurred.

It is essential to be aware of the risks posed by SUVs when traveling on foot. At the same time, there are safety measures that you can take to protect yourself and what to do if an accident occurs. While it can never be 100% avoided, you can greatly reduce the chances of being a victim.