With each passing year, a larger percentage of electric cars are hitting the road in California and elsewhere in the United States. The pressure to design and produce more electric vehicles is becoming more intense as well. A question many people have as electric cars become more prevalent is centered on vehicle safety.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has embarked on a comprehensive examination of the safety of electric vehicles. Specifically, the Institute examined electric and conventional versions of different motor vehicles from 2011 to 2019.
Data collected by the Institute strongly supports the proposition that electric vehicles are considerably safer than their conventional counterparts. Specifically, electric cars involved in motor vehicle accidents result in insurance claims that are 40% lower than claims submitted after similar accidents involving their nearly identical gas-powered counterparts.
Development of electric cars and associated safety features
Over the course of the past two decades, electric cars have been designed and built to be more robust vehicles. In addition, they are outfitted with the latest safety technology. Long gone are the days in which the construction of electric cars resulted in vehicles that were not as physically durable as their conventional counterparts. Moreover, the enhancement of safety technology onboard electric cars is credited with improving their overall safety records.
Although electric cars appear to be safer than other vehicles, accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured seriously in a car accident, a California personal injury lawyer may explain your legal right as well as the claims process for pursuing compensation from the responsible driver.