Environmental concerns make hybrid and electric cars seem like wonderful vehicle options. Drivers also appreciate the improved gas mileage and fair safety ratings for electric/hybrid cars in California.
Unfortunately, hybrid and electric cars have potential hidden dangers to them. These vehicles pose a substantially increased risk of accidents and death to pedestrians and rescuers.
Parties injured by drivers of hybrid and electric cars need to know they are not alone. If you have been injured in an accident contact a personal injury lawyer.
Increased Pedestrian Accidents Caused by Hybrid and Electric Cars
The Highway Loss Data Institute reported safety concerns for these vehicles beginning in 2011. The Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, studied over 25 types of hybrid and electric cars.
The data revealed the frightening statistic that hybrid and electric cars are 20 times more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents than standard vehicles. These accidents typically result in serious injuries and death to pedestrians.
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Hybrid and electric cars can be dangerous to pedestrians because they are less noisy than standard cars. Though drivers appreciate how quiet the cars are, pedestrians and cyclists often don’t hear the cars coming.
The National Institute of Highway Safety revealed that hybrid and electric cars are 37 times more likely to hit pedestrians. Their report also showed that cyclists were 66 times more likely to be injured by these cars.
Hybrid and electric cars are heavier than standard cars and cause more injuries to the victims they hit. The victims are entitled to financial compensation, and a lawsuit would guarantee the maximum amount of damages received.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 3,000 California residents die in car accidents each year.
Drivers need to understand what the most common car accident causes are and how to avoid these situations. Read More from Car Accidents and Causes.
Studies around the world revealed how dangerous hybrid and electric cars are to pedestrians. Data from the UK, for example, showed a 54% increase in pedestrian accidents from these vehicles.
Concern for injuries to the blind, guide dogs and other service animals from hybrid and electric car collisions have also been discussed.
Safety groups from the US and around the world urge for hybrid and electric cars to be made noisier. Increase in sounds from these cars would cause fewer accidents to pedestrians and cyclists.
In the meantime, victims of accidents with hybrid and electric cars need to seek justice. Call our office if you were involved in a car accident.
Hybrid and Electric Cars are Dangerous to Accident Bystanders
Merely being a bystander to an accident with a hybrid or electric car puts a pedestrian at a great risk. Some hybrid and electric cars contain their battery in the floors.
This weight distribution can cause an overturned vehicle to flip again. This additional flip of hybrid and electric cars poses a threat of injury to the rescuers and bystanders to the accident.
Pedestrian bystanders are fully entitled to financial compensation for their injuries from an accident with a hybrid or electric car.
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