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SUVs More Deadly to Pedestrians Than Cars

Research finds SUVs are more likely than passenger cars to injure or kill pedestrians.
SUVs More Deadly to Pedestrians Than Cars
June 24, 2020

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reveals that sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are more likely than passenger cars to injure or kill pedestrians. In a crash with a traditional SUV, "the grille strikes the pedestrian’s pelvis or chest," transferring more energy to the pedestrian's body, said the study of 79 crashes in three Michigan cities which did not address vehicle handling. Truck-based SUVs and car-based crossover utility vehicles are generally larger and heavier than passenger cars, stand taller with blunter front ends, and are increasing in number and share of total vehicles on North American roads.

SUVs caused more serious injuries than cars in impacts at speeds greater than 19 miles per hour, with a higher percentage of fatalities, according to the study. IIHS said, “More research will be required to see whether all of the findings hold up in a larger study.”

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