A new report has found that larger vehicles are much more likely than cars to hit and kill pedestrians, suggesting that car drivers might better see pedestrians than drivers of larger vehicles.


This article by US News and World Report makes the following points:
  • The report found that pedestrians were more likely to be hit by SUVs, pickups (utes), vans and minivans while making turns at street corners.
  • The risk of a pedestrian being killed by a left-turning vehicle was about twice as high for an SUV, nearly three times higher for vans and minivans, and almost four times higher for pickups when compared to cars.
  • The researchers noted that promising solutions could include autonomous emergency braking systems, hood airbags and vehicles designed with more sloped front ends to allow better visibility.


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