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Posted On December 16, 2019

Could These SUVs Prevent Pedestrian Deaths?

Crash avoidance technologies installed on many new SUV’s may help reduce the risk of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Since 2009, the number of pedestrians who have died in motor vehicle collisions has skyrocketed 45%. The trend highlights the increasing risks pedestrians face every time they head out for a stroll, walk to work, or take the dog for a walk.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently tested 11 small SUVs, each equipped with pedestrian detection systems and automatic braking systems. These systems are designed to detect the presence of pedestrians to the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle. If a pedestrian is detected by the system’s cameras, sensors, radar, etc., the system will alert the driver to the person’s presence. If the driver fails to react, the automatic braking system brings the vehicle to a halt before a collision takes place.

Currently, these systems are available as either standard or optional equipment on a wide range of SUVs, passenger cars, and trucks. Most are designed to operate at low-speeds, however, as technology evolves, it’s feasible that so too will the system’s ability to detect pedestrians at highway speeds.

The proven effectiveness of these systems means that it may not be long before regulators and legislators step in and require vehicle manufacturers to install pedestrian detection systems on every vehicle produced or sold in the United States. Such a move could reverse the trend of pedestrian accidents and increase street safety across the country. Mandatory installation of these systems could save thousands of lives per year the same way that seat belts have saved tens of thousands of lives each year since they were introduced more than a half-century ago.  

Injuries from a Crash Involving a Motor Vehicle

Whether it is an SUV, pickup, sedan, or another motor vehicle, the pedestrian always loses when a motor vehicle collision occurs. Even at low speeds, pedestrians can suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, and other damage that can last a lifetime. When an accident occurs, a Las Vegas personal injury attorney can help plaintiff’s recover compensation to cover their medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses resulting from the negligence of a motorist.  

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