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Are pedestrians more likely to be struck by electric and hybrid v

There is no denying the fact that electric and hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity. With each passing year, more of these vehicles make their way to the road, as individuals are seeking ways to save on the cost of fuel. Furthermore, automakers are now being held to more strict requirements in regards to gas mileage.

As a pedestrian, this is not always a good thing. There is a reason for this: Electric and hybrid vehicles are quieter than gasoline powered vehicles. For this reason, pedestrians may not hear the vehicle coming, thus increasing the chance of being struck.

According to a recent government study examining accidents involving electric and hybrid vehicles, the likelihood of an accident with a pedestrian is 39 percent higher for a hybrid in areas where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or slower.

A study of insurance claims backed this up, with the Highway Loss Data Institute finding that hybrid vehicles were roughly 20 percent more likely to cause a pedestrian accident with injuries when compared to non-hybrid vehicles.

This information is not going to stop the production of electric and hybrid vehicles, as these are the wave of the future. However, it should change the way that pedestrians think and act.

Anybody who is walking, jogging, running, or biking on a roadway should understand the risks. This is even more so important in today's day and age, as the number of electric and hybrid vehicles continues to rise. With quiet engines, it is not always easy to hear one of these vehicles coming.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "Pedestrians and bicyclists," accessed Aug. 19, 2015

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