A sensationalist headline, perhaps, but it’s apparently true: An article in the most recent British Medical Journal reports that SUVs pose a special risk to pedestrians, particularly over the age of 60.

A few relevant facts:

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Apparently, SUVs are so dangerous to pedestrians not because they’re heavy, but because they’re tall — leading to more injuries of the head and abdomen, rather than the legs.

The report’s authors recommend labelling SUVs with warning notices that they’re hazardous to pedestrians. I doubt that that would do much good — it seems to me that many people buy SUVs precisely because they’re a menace to others on the road. (It feels safer that way, you know.) More effective — though less politically viable, perhaps — would be changes to liability laws, possibly coupled with up-front charges to SUV buyers, that make SUV owners and manufacturers pay for the safety risks they’re imposing on everyone else.

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(Hat tip to Eric Sorensen for the heads up.)