According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers of bigger vehicles like pickup trucks and SUVs are more likely to hit pedestrians while making turns than drivers of cars. The research suggests that the increasing popularity of larger vehicles may be a possible factor in rising pedestrian deaths.
Per government data, 6,519 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2020. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that is a 59% increase since 2009. Since that time, SUV and pickup truck sales have increased – in 2009, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans accounted for 47% of all U.S. new vehicle sales. In 2021, smaller trucks were more than 75% of new vehicle sales.
When someone is injured or dies as a result of an accident, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life-changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the injured party’s right to recover.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll-free at 1-800-594-4884. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such injuries or fatalities.