The sport utility vehicle, or SUV, is a popular addition to the plethora of family vehicle options. SUVs offer an attractive design to transport more people and more things while keeping passengers safe. The problem with this design is when an SUV hits a pedestrian.
Causes of SUV and Pedestrian Collisions
SUVs sit higher off the ground which make drivers feel safer.
However, when a pedestrian is hit by an SUV, they are three times more likely to be killed from that impact than if they were hit by a car. Whenever an SUV strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian takes the brunt of the impact in the center of the body. This is right where all the vital organs live. SUVs may also hit the pedestrian’s legs, causing them to be tossed over the vehicle.
While this information is unpleasant to think about, a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirms the connection of SUV and pedestrian accidents.
Distracted Driving and Pedestrians
The design of the SUV isn’t the only factor that plays into collisions with pedestrians. All drivers today are more distracted than ever before. We have radios, screaming children, and of course, our mobile phones.
There are many reasons why a pedestrian would be hit by an SUV. Some include:
- Distracted driving
- Crash avoidance
- Driver unaware of surroundings
Combine all of this with the design of the SUV and you have a potentially disastrous outcome. If you or a loved one were injured or killed by an SUV, you deserve to have representation from experienced and trusted wrongful death lawyers.
You Can Recover Damages
The loss of a loved one cannot be replaced by mere compensation, but it can help with the expenses. There are many types of damages you can receive, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
We understand the terrible situation you found yourself in and know how to help When you work with our skilled wrongful death lawyers, you can be confident that you will be able to focus on what really matters - your family. We take care of the legal work, so you don’t have more stress and frustration in an already emotional and troubling time.
Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers
Unfortunately, SUV accidents happen. Whether you were injured after being struck by an SUV, or your loved one was killed, Steinberg Injury Lawyers is ready and able to help you. We have the experience and the skill you deserve to help you through this awful situation and get back to the life you love.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case to see how we can help you move forward.