Sports Utility Vehicles and Older Pedestrians: A Damaging Collision

In this brief article, the authors contend that two independent trends in the developed world are likely to reverse some of the recent advances in road safety. One is the aging of the population; the other is an increase in the use of sports utility centers (SUVs). The first trend produces a growing number of vulnerable road users and the second produces a likelihood of more severe injuries when vehicles and pedestrians collide. The authors discuss each of these issues. They note that the increased mortality and morbidity from SUVs arises primarily from the geometry of the front end structure of the vehicles. The authors also mention the increased risk to children of SUVs, primarily in driveway incidents. This is probably a result of the increased height of the SUV and the driver's reduced ability to see things around the vehicle. The article concludes with a call for increased cooperation between public health, transportation, and road safety agencies (including vehicle designers). One measure should inclue changing crash investigation processes to identify SUVs in vehicle-pedestrian impact statistics. The authors also stress the importance of educating pedestrians about the increased risk from SUVs.

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  • Authors:
    • O'Neill, Desmond
  • Publication Date: 2005-10-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 787-788
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01013491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2005 11:25AM