Reports have shown that the SUV poses a greater threat to pedestrians than standard passenger cars.
The data comes from a new U.S. insurance industry study. The study conducted that SUV’s can be built to be safer for the surrounding environment.
The appeal for these vehicles comes from a multitude of functions. For many outdoor enthusiasts, the space and dexterity of the vehicle are exciting features. For many with kids, this provides a safer experience for parents and provides a more appealing ride outside of a minivan.
The safety features inside the car are why many choose to purchase this. On the outside, however, these vehicles have been shown to be more dangerous to those on foot.
The SUV Is Dangerous For Pedestrians
The report states that if an SUV were to hit a pedestrian “the grille strikes the pedestrian’s pelvis or chest.” Where traditional passenger vehicles have a lower front-end, they typically take out the feet or legs. This is still dangerous, but the impact of major bodily organs are at a higher risk from an SUV.
The study is taken from a survey of 79 crashes fitting the description. Sport Utility Vehicle and Cross-Over Utility Vehicles (CUVs) have more weight sit higher and have a blunt front end.
Another factor to throw in is the tip ratio for SUVs. The standard SUV uses a truck or car chassis and has a weight distribution that focuses more on the top on the vehicle versus have a lower center of gravity. Thus, this adds to a higher potential for tipping.
For many, the SUV seems like the ideal vehicle to fit their needs. From maintaining safe protocols for passengers inside to having the all-around dexterity to tackle environmental obstacles. The SUV market has also seen an uptick in post-COVID-19 sales. This is in part to the current low gas prices.
The study reviewed a low number and will continue to do more research.
“More research will continue to see whether all of the findings hold up in a larger study,” the group said while taking note of the small data size.