The article notes in passing that a pedestrian or cyclist is 82% more likely to die when hit by an SUV than by a car. That factor increases immeasurably with the installation of “bull bars,” which turn a three-ton battering ram into a three-ton steel-edged battering ram.
It’s appalling that almost all discussions of SUV safety are couched in language about drivers alone — namely, their danger to other drivers (or, from the SUV advocate perspective, the other drivers’ danger to themselves for not choosing the “safer” trucks). Pedestrians account for 13% of traffic deaths, and cyclists another 2%. It is unquestionably true that a world of all SUVs would be more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists; even if it were marginally safer for drivers, the total number of traffic deaths will undoubtedly increase as weaker road users are killed off.