Study Shows Hybrids are Safer for Drivers, Not So Good for Pedestrians

Posted on November 18, 2011

According to the morning news and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, mixed safety information is allegedly making it even harder for those who are trying to decide if they should go hybrid or not. Recent studies show that when hybrid vehicles are involved in accidents, drivers have a much higher chance of being less injured. Allegedly, if you’re involved in an accident while driving a conventional vehicle, you have a 25% higher chance of being seriously injured than if you were driving a green vehicle.

Also according to the studies, hybrid vehicles are unfortunately 20% more likely to be involved in collisions with pedestrians. Two separate researches were conducted by the IIHS to determine the statistics publicized by the articles. Reports from the IIHS’ Highway Loss Data Institute say that usually, hybrids are 10 percent heavier than other cars. The extra weight represents a certain advantage when the green vehicle is involved in a crash.

The good news for drivers may not be great for pedestrians; this can translate into a certain difficulty for those who are trying to choose between a conventional vehicle and a green one.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer I hope that this study won’t keep you from choosing the safest option available for you and your loved ones. All factors must be considered before purchasing a vehicle, safety is one of them.

Personal injury lawyers are surely very familiar with accidents involving pedestrians and hybrid cars. Hopefully, hybrid drivers will be extra careful when it comes to keeping the road safe for those walking by.

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