SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY- Patch.com reports that two pedestrians were severely injured on Monday, May 29, 2018, when an SUV hit them in Ronkonkoma. Both pedestrians were from Ronkonkoma. The victims were identified as 22-year-old Ms. Wendel and 19-year-old Mr. Cruz. The injured pedestrians were transportedto Stony Brook Hospital for treatment.
The two were crossing Ronkonkoma Ave. ataround 8:30 p.m. when they were hit. The car that struck Wendel and Cruz was a 2010 Chevrolet SUV. The driver of the vehicle was 23-year-old Mr. Livierieads. Livierieads was not injured in the crash, andhe remained at the scene of the accident.
The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed against the driver.
SUVs have been linkedto an increase in pedestrian fatalities. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety determined that SUVs have led to more frequent and deadlier pedestrian accidents. The report indicates that from 2009 to 2016 the number of pedestrians killed in traffic-related accidents in urban areas went up by 54%.
More SUV’s were involved in these accidents than any other vehicle. The problem seems to be with how SUVs are designed.
The fact that SUVs pose a greater risk to pedestrians than cars has been known for years. A pedestrian hit by an SUV is two times as likely to be killed as a person hit by a car.
The problem with SUVs likely is in part due to the high front ends which make impactwithpeople’s chest and head creating a greater risk of severe injuries and death. The Insuranc Institue of Highway Safety suggests that there are ways to improve SUV design to increase pedestrian safety. As SUVs continue to take over the auto market, making changes to improve their safety will become even more important. Our Suffolk County injury attorneys are reviewing injury cases to help victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries.