In October 2019, a teenager driving a sport utility vehicle (SUV) made a left turn at a tree-lined intersection in Norfolk, Virginia and struck a 59-year-old woman in a crosswalk. The woman died a few days later without regaining consciousness.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded what this story illustrated: Larger vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans pose a particular danger to pedestrians.
The institute looked at federal data on the most common types of single-vehicle, single-pedestrian crashes at or near intersections and at other locations for the years 2014 through 2018. It also examined pedestrian crash data from North Carolina for the years 2010 through 2018. Among the findings: Study- Larger Vehicles More Likely to Strike, Kill Pedestrians