New cars bring new concerns

Henry Bliss was killed in New York City by an electric-powered taxicab. Suffering severe head and chest injury, he died the next day. Henry Bliss was the first known traffic fatality in the United States. He died in 1899.

The automobile survived its first shaky beginnings—and despite grave safety claims, there are about 250 million cars on American roads. President Obama wants to see one million hybrid electric vehicles on U.S. highways by 2015.

Could hybrid cars pose a silent risk to drivers and rescuers?

Untried innovation can lead to personal injury. Boston auto accident attorneys have seen an upswing in cases involving injury to bicyclists and pedestrians from hybrid electric vehicles. In a 2009 report, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the quiet nature of hybrid vehicles could be inherently dangerous. 

Other potential dangers of hybrid vehicles include the following:

?         Hybrid cars operating at low speed are capable of producing electromagnetic fields that could be associated with serious health concerns, including cancers. While it is plausible that hybrid owners are being exposed to significant electromagnetic fields over the long-term, data is insufficient at this time to qualify—or disqualify—the risk.

?         For several years, Internet reports have highlighted possible electrical danger to rescuers or injured parties in hybrid car automobile accidents. Hybrid vehicles use approximately 650 electrical volts, enough to cause serious human injury. To date, no fatalities attributed to electrocution have been reported, and manufacturers routinely post manuals on the Internet for consumers and emergency responders about hybrid vehicle safety.

While concerns over exposure to electromagnetic fields are documented, and the possibility exists for serious injury from electrical exposure in car accidents involving hybrid vehicles, it is too early and there is too little research to diminish the bright future of hybrid vehicles.

Recent federal legislation provides for addition of audible cues to hybrid vehicles to safeguard pedestrians and others. In time, other concerns with hybrid vehicles will likely be identified and addressed as people, and our nation, move toward more environmentally friendly, and fuel-efficient means of transportation.

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Untried innovation can lead to personal injury. Boston auto accident attorneys have seen an upswing in cases involving injury to bicyclists and pedestrians from hybrid electric vehicles. In a 2009 report, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the quiet nature of hybrid vehicles could be inherently dangerous.

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