Electric Cars And Car Accidents
In recent years, electric cars have become more popular in Florida and around the country. But an unexpected change was how dangerous electric cars can be when they are silent. After all, others on the roadways stay aware of their surroundings though using their senses, including their hearing. Pedestrians adjust behaviors when they see flashing lights and hear back-up tones from large commercial and municipal trucks, for example.
The U.S. Department of Transportation created minimum sound requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles to help keep pedestrians and others on the road safe. If you were hurt when you were struck by an electric car in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, connect with a personal injury lawyer to determine if all laws and recommendations were followed and how to access a full and fair damage recovery settlement.
Dangers of Silent Vehicles
When electric cars were first introduced, the fact they can be exceptionally quiet was viewed as solely an asset. While this is true in some situations, the reality is silent cars create dangers to pedestrians. One community that was especially concerned about the transition to silent cars was the blind community and others who rely on the street sounds to safely navigate Florida streets. Plus, more and more people are distracted by devices, such as looking at their cell phone and listening to calls, music, or podcasts through their earbuds or headphones.
When driving any vehicle, one that is electric, hybrid, or relies on gas, drivers should never assume others has heard your vehicle. Take all precautions and use safety features that promote safe driving, such as collision alerts and sensors to warn of dangers in a driver’s blind spot. Also, if an electric car is a new addition to the fleet of family vehicles, do not assume everyone is used to the differences. Take time to acclimate to new vehicles.
Laws Adapt Over Time to New Dangers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implemented a Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act to help deal with the dangers of silent vehicles. The law reduces electric car and hybrid vehicle risks, but it is essential drivers develop safe driving habits and do not solely rely on legislative changes to keep others safe.
Talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer if you were hit by an electric vehicle or a hybrid car. Seasoned legal teams know how to strengthen your claim, gather evidence, and interpret personal injury laws. Because of all of this expertise, larger settlement amounts could be possible. Do not agree to an amount that you believe is far too low.
Was an electric car involved in the collision that caused your injuries or damaged your property? Connect with someone who has experience with negotiating claims involving electric vehicles. Compensation may be possible if you are juggling medical care expenses, property damages, and lost income. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your free consultation today.