In recent years, a number of safety features have been added to cars, trucks and SUVs to make them safer for drivers and passengers alike. However, despite a commitment to safety, data also suggests that crash fatality figures have been going up. There are a number of reasons why accidents that occur in New Jersey and around the country are more likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities.
Vehicles are bigger
SUVs have become more popular than subcompacts and other types of vehicles. They are both larger and heavier than a typical car, which means that they generate more energy upon impact. Therefore, motor vehicle accidents involving SUVs are more likely to cause enough damage to seriously hurt or kill someone. The fact that SUVs tend to be taller than traditional cars is important because it means that pedestrians are more likely to be hit in the torso where vital organs are located.
Pedestrians may be harder to see
Although trucks and SUVs make it easier for drivers to see what’s in front of them, it may be harder to see what is around them. Therefore, those who are driving larger vehicles may simply miss a pedestrian in their path when attempting to turn on to a side street. They may also fail to see pedestrians beside them when making a lane change on a busy street.
If you are hurt in a car accident, you may receive compensation for any damages incurred as the result of a defendant’s negligent behavior. If you die in an accident, your estate can take action against the defendant to obtain damages on your behalf. In either scenario, New Jersey law gives a plaintiff two years from the date of an accident to take legal action.