In 2022 not only do all established auto manufacturers make some sort of electric vehicle or truck but there are new vehicle manufacturers that only make electric and rechargeable vehicles. Rivian is an example as their stock just went public 2 or so months ago. While these are very environmentally friendly and allegedly more economical than gas powered vehicles there is also the chance of various types of accidents, fires, explosions and other ways to get injured or killed in electric vehicle accidents. Electric cars get into accidents just like any other type of car but sometimes they post unique problems and you need an injury lawyer If you, or perhaps a loved one, have been injured in an electric vehicle related accident, it’s possible you may have a claim against the responsible party be it another driver or vehicle manufacturer. Please contact our Pittsburgh auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation with a lawyer who will do what it takes to fight for your rights and make sure that you’re medical bills, lost wages due to injury, and pain and suffering are properly compensated for. You can also visit @pittsburghpennsylvaniainjurylawyers for a free case analysis.
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Electric Vehicle Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Vehicles with standard combustion engines like cars, trucks, and motorcycles can usually be heard coming from a safe distance. Any pedestrians or bicyclists in the area usually have enough warning that they are able to get out of the way and remain safe. Modern electric vehicles, however, which aren’t powered by thousands of small and controlled explosions, are incredibly quiet. Silence may seem like a modern luxury to anyone who is tired of loud motor vehicles near their home or work, but they can also very easily surprise someone who doesn’t see the vehicle approaching. These surprises may only cause a slight startle, or they may end in serious damage to personal property, injury, or even death, especially if the driver of the electric vehicle is distracted and hits them.
It’s clear that the advantages of electric vehicles, such as long-term cost savings, reliability, and reduced environmental impact will make them increasingly popular as me move forward into the future. But that also means that the risks associated with them will also become and increasing problem for society as well. Noisy combustion engines have been a staple of both the 20th and 21st centuries, and every hearing-abled person alive today is familiar with the noise and danger of an approaching vehicle. It going to take time for society to adapt to such a subtle, yet life threatening change.
Safety Issues Associated With Electronic Vehicles
The issue has gotten the attention of the Federal Government, as well. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began debating the need for electric vehicles to emit a “safety noise” when moving at slow speeds. The worry is that pedestrians in close proximity to the vehicle, such as those who are partially-sighted or blind, children and, people wearing headphones, as well as bicyclists could be in danger of being hit by an electric vehicle whose presence they are unaware of.
The NHTSA estimates that by implementing proximity notification noise emitters for slow moving electric vehicles, nearly 3,000 accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists could be avoided annually. And that statistic assumes that the number of electric vehicles on the road stays constant over time, which is highly unlikely. Currently, only one of every thousand vehicles on the road is electric or hybrid, 0.1%. That number is expected to reach 50% by the year 2040.
The most dangerous times for moments for pedestrians and cyclists in close proximity to electric vehicles are when the drivers are stopping, slowing, starting in traffic, backing up or when leaving and entering driveways and parking spaces. At these times, the risk of an accident doubles to that of it’s normal rate.
Dangerous Batteries In EV’s
Another danger posed by electric vehicles comes from the hazardous materials used in the batteries that power the motors and internal electronics. Lithium-ion batteries come with many redundant safety measures, and that’s due to the volatile nature of the chemicals inside. If exposed to any amount of water, even the moisture in the air, the lithium begins to react and get hot. If temperatures get high enough, it will ignite, and burn violently at more than 840 degrees F. Should the battery be punctured or damaged in an auto accident, any people in the vehicle or near by could very easily become seriously burned, or even killed. While the occurrence rate of these types of fires is low, it’s not non-existent, and it’s likely that more people will be harmed by electric vehicle battery fires as these cars gain in popularity. This is not necessarily a fault of the manufacturer, but if you have been injured in such an accident it doesn’t hurt or cost anything to have an attorney or their experts investigate. To learn more about dangerous batteries in electronic vehicles please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/battery-safety-initiative.
Common & Popular Electric Vehicles
As of 2022, the most common, and popular, selling electric vehicles in the United States are:
- Tesla Model S
- Nissan Leaf
- BMW i3
- Fiat 500e
- Volkswagen e-Golf
- Chevrolet Spark EV
- Mercedes Benz B-Class ED
- Ford Focus Electric
- Smart ED
Electric trucks and pickup trucks are becoming very popular as well and are made by Honda, Ford, General Motors, Rivian, Chevy and others. These and all EV’s can be involved in electric vehicle accidents.
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