While gas prices continue to rise, some still love their large vehicles. Some simply like the feel of a large SUV, and others have large families or haul significant loads.
As a pedestrian, these large vehicles can seem intimidating. Stories like the recent accident in Queens where a drunk driver in an SUV hit three pedestrians can make you think twice when you see a large vehicle on the road.
Here’s what you should know about the risks SUVs pose for pedestrians.
What makes an SUV more likely to hit a pedestrian?
SUVs and large pickup trucks have a taller front end creating a significant blindspot. The driver may make ordinary efforts to look for pedestrians. Still, when the front of the truck is about the same height as an average person, it can be difficult to see someone near the front of the vehicle.
Also, SUVs and other large trucks have a wider A-pillar. The A-pillar is the structure that supports the roof on either side of the windshield. While the wider A-pillar supports the vehicle in the event of a rollover, it also contributes to the blindspots around the vehicle.
Making eye contact can help
It can be terrifying trying to cross the street in front of an SUV, wondering if the driver can see you. If you are crossing the road in front of an SUV, you should wait until you have an opportunity to make eye contact with the driver.
If you cannot make eye contact with the driver, you should assume that the driver does not see you. Taking an extra step to ensure the driver can see you can help prevent a devastating accident.