Do you drive a hybrid? Not only are you protecting the environment, but you may be protecting yourself. A new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute has found that hybrid drivers are less likely than drivers of conventional vehicles to be injured during an Atlanta auto accident.

The Highway Loss Data Institute examined over 25 "hybrid-conventional pairs" from model years 2003 to 2011. Each vehicle had at least one collision claim and one related injury claim filed between 2002 and 2010. The researchers found that drives of hybrid vehicles are about 25 percent less likely to sustain an injury in a car accident than drivers of conventional vehicles.

Why? It’s not the fuel. Hybrids are an average of 10 percent heavier than similarly sized conventional vehicle. The extra weight offers more protection in the event of an Atlanta car crash.

However, hybrid vehicles may be more dangerous to pedestrians. When hybrids are operating in electric-only mode, pedestrians cannot hear the vehicles approaching. According to the study, hybrids are twenty percent more likely to be involved in Atlanta pedestrian accidents than conventional vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently working on an alert system to warn pedestrians of the approach of a hybrid. In the meantime, drivers of hybrids should use extra vigilance when driving near pedestrians.

Atlanta pedestrian injury attorney Shane Smith offers free information to Georgia accident victims. Get a free copy of his book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. To discuss your claim, contact Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999.

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