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Federal Agency Proposes Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid, Electric Vehicles

By John Page on January 18, 2013 - Comments off

Hybrid and electric vehicles are popular because of their increased gas mileage and decreased contributions to air pollution. Because they run partly or entirely on electricity, they’re also much quieter than other vehicles – a situation that has decreased noise pollution but also poses a risk for pedestrians, bicyclists, and others on the road, as many skilled Missouri auto accident attorneys know.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has responded to this danger by proposing that hybrid and electric vehicles be required to produce a certain minimum amount of noise, helping visually impaired people, pedestrians, and others who share the road identify the vehicle’s approach even if they can’t see it.

The NHTSA’s proposed rules give automakers the flexibility to develop sound systems that fit the particular vehicles they sell, making it possible that different manufacturers will soon have distinctive sounds for their vehicles as well as distinctive designs and logos. The sound systems must, however, make it possible for a person to detect the location and direction of an oncoming hybrid or electric vehicle with enough accuracy to be able to make safe decisions about whether or not to cross the street.

The NHTSA estimates that 2,800 pedestrian and bicycle accidents in 2012 resulted from the pedestrian or bicyclist being unable to hear a hybrid or electric vehicle until it was too late. The proposed rules for sound systems in these vehicles were recently published in the Federal Register, and the NHTSA is accepting public comments on them until March 2013.

 

Good Samaritan Hit by Vehicle in Highway Accident

By John Page on March 26, 2010 - Comments off

A 25-year-old Odessa woman was hit by a car early Sunday morning on March 7, 2010 while she was assisting another crash victim. According to the article on KCTV5, the woman had stopped at Interstate 70 at Adams Dairy Parkway to attend to a 70-year-old man who had lost control of his Ford Pickup truck and crashed. As she was helping the man, an oncoming car collided with her. Witnesses said that the car narrowly missed hitting another bystander.

The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the local hospital along with the elderly man she had stopped to assist. I-70 was closed during investigation and cleanup of the accident, but re-opened later Sunday morning. Missouri Highway Patrol has not released details regarding the vehicle that hit the woman.
Serious motor vehicle accidents can happen at the most unpredictable of times. The negligence of other drivers on the road is not interrupted while people are attempting to help others. Remaining vigilant and aware while driving is important. It is also crucial to keep your own welfare in mind, even while assisting someone in need or in danger.

If you, or someone you love, have been injured in a motor vehicle or pedestrian accident in St. Louis, you may be entitled to recover compensation for any medical expenses or financial losses related to your accident. The pedestrian accident lawyers in Missouri at Page Law have extensive experience litigating these matters and will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your losses. Call (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation about your case and your legal rights to compensation.

Source:http://www.kctv5.com/news/22767555/detail.html

 

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