Weighing the Risks: How Electric Cars May Lead to More Serious Accidents
The increased emphasis on environmental sustainability has resulted in a considerable increase in the popularity of electric vehicles. This transition, however, introduces new hazards and implications for road safety. Because of their unique design and operating concepts, electric vehicles have several inherent features that may contribute to more serious crashes than standard gas-powered vehicles. Understanding these dangers will help you be better prepared in case of an accident.
1. The Weight Factor: Batteries and the Severity of the Accident
One of the most noticeable distinctions between electric and gasoline-powered vehicles is their weight. Because of the batteries required for operation, electric vehicles typically carry 1,000 to 3,000 pounds of additional weight. The bigger an object's mass, the greater its potential energy, according to physical laws. As a result, the extra weight of electric vehicles may lead to more severe damage and serious bodily injury in the event of an accident.
According to a 2019 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an increase in vehicle weight is connected with an increase in the number of fatalities in accidents.
2. The Dangers of Silent Operation
Another distinguishing feature of electric vehicles is their near-silent functioning. While this contributes to a more serene and peaceful environment, it also poses a major risk to walkers, cyclists, and other road users. Because there is no traditional engine sound, these road users may find it difficult to anticipate the vehicle's approach, potentially leading to an accident. To address this issue, the NHTSA has proposed guidelines mandating electric vehicles to produce an audible warning at speeds less than 18.6 mph.
3. Battery Fire Danger: A Safety Issue
While electric vehicle fires are statistically less likely to occur than gas vehicle fires, they can be more difficult to extinguish and potentially more catastrophic when they do occur. The lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles can relight long after the fire appears to be out, necessitating special care and knowledge from emergency personnel.
Finally, stay informed and safe.
With the shift to electric vehicles, it is critical to be aware of these particular risks and how they might lead to more significant accidents and casualties. Understanding these dangers allows us to create better safety measures, regulatory guidelines, and vehicle design enhancements.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an automobile accident involving an electric car, it is important that you get professional legal counsel. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Aaron Sachs & Associates are well-educated in the complexity of accidents involving all types of vehicles.
Don't try to handle it on your own. Contact us immediately after an accident for a free consultation and allow us to fight for the compensation you are entitled to. Drive carefully and stay informed.