With the environment at the forefront of national discussion, electric cars have grown rapidly in popularity. Electric cars are good for the environment, produce far fewer emissions than internal combustion engine cars, and are much more fuel efficient. As electric cars become more affordable, it seems that electric cars are the transportation of the future. However. Electric cars are not without their own problems.
As electric cars have become more popular, it has become apparent that they cause pedestrian accidents at an alarmingly high rate. Although there are various things that could be contributing to the disproportionate rates, many point to the lack of noise output in electric cars. Regardless, electric car accidents can result in serious injuries, costly medical bills, and an inability to work. If you or a loved one were recently involved in an electric car accident, you should consider consulting with a car accident attorney. SMT Legal attorneys have the experience, empathy, and aggression necessary to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Electric Cars: The Silent Pedestrian Problem
Electric vehicles are inarguably good for the environment, but they are seemingly putting pedestrians at an increased risk of danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) conducted studies that found that electric vehicles have a 20 percent higher chance to cause accidents than internal combustion engine cars. Cyclists are at particular risk for an accident. On average, electric vehicles are causing 50 percent more accidents with cyclists than internal combustion engine cars.
While every accident is unique, the NHTSA identified a few probable causes. Electric vehicles have a much lower sound output than internal combustion engine cars. This makes it harder to detect for pedestrians, especially in environments with high noise outputs. Electric vehicles also emit very low sound pressure, making them increasingly dangerous to blind pedestrians. Other identified causes include the driving behavior of electric car owners, how old the electric vehicle is, and the amount of electric power the car depends on.
In addition to pedestrian accidents, electric cars can be involved in other forms of accidents such as vehicle collisions. Negligent driving behaviors such as driving while distracted by a device, driving while intoxicated, exhausted driving, and failing to follow traffic laws increase the likelihood of accidents occurring. Electric car accidents can result in a variety of injuries ranging in severity. You should always seek medical attention after an electric car accident. Even if your injuries seem minor, they could increase in severity, especially if they are internal injuries.