Performance of Pedestrian Crash Prevention Varies by Make of Car

Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Sacramento

Every year, the National Highways Traffic Safety administration analyzes fatal injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. The five factors contributing to pedestrian fatality data are population, light level, location, alcohol and other drugs, and vehicle type.

Here at the Demas Law Group, P.C., we have examined the data surrounding the types of vehicles involved in fatal pedestrian accidents, pedestrian safety devices in automobiles, and the kinds of safety tests being performed to improve pedestrian protection.

Recent Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics 

Statistics compiled annually by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) continue to show a disturbingly increasing trend in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total motor vehicle crash deaths increased 4% over an almost nine-year period from 2008 to 2017.

Preliminary data for last year is estimated to reveal nearly 6,300 deaths – the highest number in over 30 years.

In California, the GHSA report is expected to include over 400 fatal pedestrian accidents.  While this represents an approximate 8% decrease from the previous year, California is only one of 15 states with greater than or equal to over two pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people.

Safety Features to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

What is pedestrian protection in cars? Many automobile manufacturers are now offering safety features that incorporate pedestrian detection systems in cars and SUVs. The goal is to reduce pedestrian accidents.

These features include advanced safety equipment and technology such as:

  • Forward collision and lane departure warnings
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Pedestrian automatic emergency braking

Some of these features are included as standard equipment, and others are optional, depending on the vehicle manufacturer.

Engineers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have designed tests to evaluate crash avoidance systems in cars and SUVs. The newest test is called the pedestrian autobrake test.

Safety Test Types, Vehicles, and Results

The IIHS tests vehicles in clear weather on dry pavement at different speeds and with pedestrian crash test dummies representing adults and children. A vehicle’s ability to avoid a crash or make the crash less severe is given one of four ratings: basic, advanced, superior, or no credit.

Two rounds of pedestrian protection system testing were conducted in 2019. In February, eleven small SUV models were tested. In October 2019, 16 midsize cars were tested.  The results were as follows:


  • 2018-19 Honda CR-V
  • 2019 Audi A4
  • 2019 Subaru Forester
  • 2019 Toyota RAV4
  • 2019 Volvo XC40
  • 2019 Volvo S60 (standard)
  • 2019-20 BMW 3 Series (standard)
  • 2019-20 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (standard)
  • 2019-20 Nissan Maxima (optional for 2019, standard for 2020)
  • 2020 Subaru Outback (standard)


  • 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2018-19 Hyundai Kona
  • 2019 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-19 Mazda CX-5
  • 2019 Mazda 6 (standard)
  • 2019 Nissan Rogue
  • 2019-20 BMW 3 Series (optional)
  • 2019-20 Honda Accord (standard)
  • 2019-20 Lexus ES 350 (standard)
  • 2019-20 Nissan Altima (optional)
  • 2019-20 Tesla Model 3 (standard)
  • 2019-20 Toyota Camry (standard)


  • 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 2019-20 Chevrolet Malibu (optional camera only)
  • 2019-20 Chevrolet Malibu (optional camera + radar)
  • 2019-20 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (standard)

No credit

  • 2018-19 BMW X1
  • 2019-20 Ford Fusion (standard)
  • 2019 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2019 Kia Optima

Contact Demas Law Group, P.C. after a Pedestrian Accident in Sacramento for Help Now

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Sacramento area, contact the Demas Law Group today for a free confidential, no obligation consultation. We can be reached by phone or in person at 701 Howe Avenue, Suite A-1, Sacramento, CA 95825. Our team is ready to stand up and fight for you.


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