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Pedestrians and accident risks

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Injuries, Pedestrian Accidents |

Pedestrians in Ohio may face dangers when crossing the streets or standing at a corner. Vehicles pose extreme risks as they might inflict serious harm. When the vehicles are oversized, the dangers could increase even more. Reckless behavior behind the wheel might further enhance risks, and drivers who cause injuries could face legal consequences.

Large vehicles and pedestrian dangers

Heavy-duty trucks, full-size SUVs, and large cars present dangers to fellow commuters and pedestrians because their mass and weight may cause more severe injuries than smaller models. While small cars, compact SUVs, and light-duty trucks could also be dangerous, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a research study showing that larger models have a 45% greater chance of causing fatalities.

The design of some larger vehicles may have greater blind spots than smaller ones or could push a pedestrian down, increasing the chances of fatalities. Since many auto consumers prefer oversized models, pedestrians find themselves in unsafe situations.

Additional factors

Drivers must prioritize safety when operating a vehicle if they wish to avoid auto collisions and pedestrian accidents. For example, drivers operating models with troubling blind spots may need to exercise caution when backing up, making turns or changing lanes. Regardless of the vehicle the driver operates, reckless behavior such as speeding or driving under the influence will increase the potential for a crash.

Pedestrians injured in a vehicle accident may file a personal injury lawsuit when negligence contributes to the crash. Sometimes, the victims may seek claims from multiple parties if more than one person is liable. Often, auto insurance settlements cover the victims’ losses. With fatal accidents, the plaintiffs might seek punitive damages.