Large vehicles pose a danger to pedestrians and bicyclists
It probably won’t matter in terms of the integrity of your head, bones and internal organs if the Hummer that crashes into you is helping to save the planet by running on electricity. The minimal positive impact of an electrified Hummer is eclipsed by how deadly such a large vehicle can be for pedestrians, according to StreetsBlog USA.
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Electric Hummer makes a glitzy entrance
The GMC Hummer EV, an all-electric pickup truck, was revealed in a Super Bowl ad featuring NBA star LeBron James. Car and Driver magazine estimated that the cost of the “gas-guzzling, middle-finger-flying” new Hummer will start at $70,000.
“Bigger” is more dangerous when it comes to vehicles in crashes. Getting hit by an SUV is likely to cause more of an injury than being struck by a car because SUVs are bigger and heavier than smaller vehicles.
There’s a lot of big vehicles on United States roads. Of the over 17 million vehicles purchased in 2018, about 68 percent were trucks and SUVs, according to foxnews.com.
Hummers are bigger than SUVs. The average height of an SUV is 65.9 - 70.3 inches. A Hummer is about 74 inches high.
The prospect of such a monster-sized vehicle as the Hummer EV roaming U.S. roads comes as pedestrian deaths from vehicle crashes continue to rise.
The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, the highest number in over 30 years. The estimate was based on adjusting data from pedestrian fatalities reported by states for the first six months of 2019 and on historical trends.
The Governors Highway Safety Association is a nonprofit in Washington D.C. It is made up of members of highway safety officers from the states, U.S. territories and Indian nations.
Almost 6K pedestrians killed in crashes in 2016
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians died from vehicle crashes — a 46 percent increase from the 4,109 in 2009. That’s according to Consumer Reports, citing statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The traditional Hummer is big enough to strike even a taller-than-average American at the head or neck level.
Early market research shows people are excited about the new electric Hummer, especially millennials. That age group, born between 1981-1996, also generally cares a lot about reducing global warming.
The process isn’t that simple. Electric vehicles may benefit the environment because they produce less carbon emissions than conventional, internal combustion engines.
Yet, these massive vehicles still pose a significant threat to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Why are these large vehicles so dangerous?
“Because an SUV’s front end is higher and blunter than a car’s, it is more likely to hit a pedestrian in the chest or head, impacts that are more often lethal,” AARP said.
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