Why SUVs present so much more danger to cyclists than cars do

On Behalf of | May 16, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

It might seem like an unsurprising finding that bicyclists who are involved in collisions with SUVs suffer injuries that are 55% more severe than those who are struck by smaller cars or that their head injuries are 63% more severe.

Certainly, SUVs are larger and heavier than cars, which is the primary reason for this reality. Because their front ends are also higher, a cyclist who is struck from behind is more likely to be knocked to the ground (and possibly run over) by an SUV than they would be if struck by a car. Cyclists who are hit by cars often are knocked onto the hood or even the roof of the vehicle.

Additionally, the large front end of an SUV can present other dangers to cyclists. They have higher headlights that can easily blind an oncoming cyclist. Further, they have larger blind spots that may make a nearby cyclist impossible to see if a driver is relying solely on their mirrors.

Experienced cyclists know how to make themselves as visible as possible and which types of helmets and other gear provide the best protection. Having a camera on your bike and even on your helmet can also provide you with important evidence in the event of a collision.

Like pickup trucks that are getting bigger with each new model year, SUVs can leave a cyclist with life-changing, if not life-ending, injuries. With more luxury car brands, like Jaguar, Porsche and even Lamborghini getting into the SUV game, bicyclists are likely going to have to share the road with them for the foreseeable future.

Be sure you know the full extent of your damages before you agree to a settlement

There’s only so much you can do, unfortunately, if a driver is reckless, negligent, under the influence or distracted. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a collision with an SUV, you could be looking at years of medical care, therapy and other expenses and financial losses.

It’s crucial to avoid opting for a quick settlement because you have bills to pay. Seeking experienced legal guidance can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.