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New Sound Requirements Proposed for Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular, and as gas prices continue to rise we can expect this trend to continue. Because these cars do not rely solely on traditional gasoline engines, they are able to run with fewer emissions and much more quietly than other vehicles. While these characteristics may initially seem to have no downside, the fact that hybrid vehicles run more quietly can make them much more difficult for other people to notice them.  If you have been injured in a car accident involving hybrid vehicle, you may be able to file an Indiana personal injury lawsuit to recover for any injuries you may have sustained. Damages in personal injury cases can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss of quality of life.

According to a press release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) the agency is proposing standards that would require hybrid and electric vehicles to meet minimum sound standards to help other people on the road be more aware of approaching vehicles.  Under the new regulations, sounds emitted by hybrid and electric vehicles would need to be detectable among common street noises and other ambient sounds when moving slower than 18 miles per hour. The NHSTA release indicates that when traveling faster than 18 miles per hour the vehicles emit enough sound to be detectable by pedestrians and bicyclists. Automakers would have significant flexibility in choosing what sounds could be emitted from their vehicles, provided that the sounds met standards set by the agency. NHSTA estimates that if the proposal is accepted, there would by 2,800 fewer injuries over the life of each model year of hybrid vehicles, including cars, truck, vans, and low speed vehicles.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a hybrid vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney. Because Georgia personal injury claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible. The personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in car accidents recover from those responsible. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia