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Will electric vehicles lead to more devastating accidents?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of driving because they are popular and offer a low-emission transportation opportunity. And now, thanks to recently passed federal legislation, they will likely begin to be cheaper to buy for everyday Americans. However, there is a surprising drawback: heavy batteries.

Why does battery weight matter?

We have written frequently about the dangers of commercial truck accidents. One of the key factors in the added danger of these accidents is the weight of the vehicles involved. A commercial truck is much heavier than any car on the road and can cause more damage. An electric vehicle will outweigh a similarly-sized vehicle and may cause more damage and greater injuries.

With heavier vehicles on the road, that means mistakes come with a higher likelihood of significant injuries. These injuries will be more significant and more expensive. There is also some concern that an EV may cause fires in some conditions.

Is it all bad news with electric vehicles?

Absolutely not. New EVs all come with new technology, such as driver assist and backup cameras, which allow for better control. EVs come with all the latest safety equipment.

Beyond the safety questions, widespread EV use’s cost savings and environmental impact are hard to ignore. The various technological advances will make staying safe on the road much easier.

If the battery makes the car more dangerous, who is liable?

The weight of the vehicle, largely, is not the cause of an accident in most cases. In most cases, while the injuries may be more severe, the responsible parties in these accidents will continue to be the other driver. Meaning you will have to pursue them for compensation.

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