Hybrid and electronic cars' relation to pedestrian and/or cycling injuries
Hybrids and electronic vehicles may not be the biggest thing in automobiles right now but they are slowly getting some steam in as far as popularity is concerned. Today, more and more celebrities are purchasing and have been going around these politically-correct statements on wheels. These celebrities are showing their own way of taking care of the environment by going around town these green machines. However, despite the many benefits that these technological wonders offer, they are being tagged as one of the major causes of pedestrian accidents involving people with disabilities
What make hybrids and electric car more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists?
Hybrids don't rely much on the internal combustion engines to propel it in short-distance city travels or cruising. In fact, you will never (or will have a really hard time to) know if a hybrid car is near you until somebody tells you, or you get struck by it. This gets worse when you are dealing with an electronic car. Since it doesn't have an engine that burns fuel, it barely emits a sound. Because of this, blind people or those with hearing problems wouldn't really be able to do something to detect the presence of a hybrid or electric vehicles.
Blind people or people with hearing impairments have been getting involved in accidents with hybrid or electronic cars. Though the number of injuries won't really cause panic over people and various organizations, one has to acknowledge the fact that these cases should be looked into by the government, and that something should really be done to make these vehicles safer, especially to pedestrians and cyclists.
How can hybrids and electric cars be made safer for pedestrians and cyclists?
After a careful assessment of the data it has gathered, the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came up with the conclusion that hybrids and electrics should emit a sound to alert and help give a warning to motorists that a hybrid or an electric vehicle is fast approaching. This way, pedestrians and motorists alike will be more aware about the presence of such vehicles, making them ready to take the needed precautions avoiding accidents.
The sounds, as the NHTSA requires, car makers to come up with sounds that are detectable under a range of street noise and ambient background sound, when the vehicle is traveling under 18 miles per hour. If the vehicle travels at 18 miles per hour and up, the vehicle will be making sufficient noise so that pedestrians and bicyclists the vehicle must emit sounds that are enough so drivers can notice and avoid these vehicles. An automaker will then be given a range of choices for the sounds that it can choose the vehicles they will produce. The sound should have certain characteristics that meet the minimum requirements. Finally, a vehicle with the same make and model needs to emit the same sound or set of sounds.
The NHTSA's proposal
The NHTSA has already sent the proposal to the Federal Register, for finalization. After that, this measure will then be publicized where the public will be given 60 days to comment on the action by the agency. If there wouldn't be any more problems, this measure will then be implemented to upcoming models that are going to be tested by the NHTSA. These vehicles will then be required by the agency to be equipped with the above mentioned safety system. With this new measure in place, the agency estimates that there would be around 2,800 lesser pedestrian and cyclist injuries.
Soon people with disabilities, bicyclists, and the general public will reap the benefits of this newest move by the NHTSA. This way, you won't need the assistance of a car accident lawyer to help you seek for damages since you won't get into an accident anyway because you'd be able to avoid it now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Roberts is a web content writer for the Mesriani Law Group, a professional law corporation with its main office in Los Angeles, California and satellite offices in nearby counties in Southern California. She excels in writing blog posts, how-to's, and other related web copies.