Pedestrians must be aware and alert whenever they’re walking down the street. Vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents can cause serious injury or death. Even small cars driving at relatively low speeds can hurt or kill pedestrians. Larger vehicles—SUVs, minivans, buses, pickup trucks and semi trucks—cause even more damage.
Large vehicles present certain driving challenges. Inexperienced drivers may have trouble adjusting, while long-time drivers could be lulled into a false sense of security. Pedestrians should understand potential issues with larger vehicles: this enables them to better avoid danger.
If you were hit by a negligent driver in a large vehicle, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help recover compensation for your injuries. We’ll determine whether the factors below influenced your crash. Then we’ll fight for the most favorable outcome.
Why are larger vehicles more dangerous?
Any vehicle can prove fatal to a pedestrian. Here’s why larger vehicles pose a higher risk:
- Larger and heavier: The larger the vehicle, the heavier it is. Heavier vehicles do far more damage, even when they’re traveling at the same speed as the average sedan. Pedestrians are more likely to suffer serious injuries from minor collisions.
- Harder to maneuver: Large vehicles are harder to maneuver, especially for inexperienced drivers. Wider turns are often necessary. When a trailer is involved, the driver may not realize how far the tail swings out.
- Blind spots: Large vehicles have bigger blind spots. That’s why semi trucks have several mirrors on each side of their cabs. However, it’s important to remember that even special mirrors won’t protect pedestrians 100 percent of the time. It’s easy to miss a pedestrian walking alongside, in front of or behind a big vehicle.
- Longer stopping time: Finally, large vehicles take longer to stop. Their size and weight requires a longer time and longer distance to stop. When walking near large vehicles, it’s always best to wait until they reach a complete stop to cross the street.
If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian vs. vehicle accident, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We’re experienced in dealing with insurance companies, gathering evidence, proving fault and getting the compensation you deserve.
After the accident, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, take photos of the scene and gather eyewitness contact information. Once your medical condition is stable, call us for a consultation. We’ll review your claim and hold the negligent parties responsible.
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