New Hybrid and Electric Cars Required to Make Noise
New Hybrid and Electric Cars Required to Make Noise

Hybrid and electric cars will need to make noise from now on, according to an announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The “Quiet Car” regulation has been in the works since 2013. The NHTSA has determined that quiet hybrid or electric vehicles are 19% more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident than are gas-powered vehicles.

The new rule will be especially helpful to blind and visually impaired pedestrians, as it will allow them to hear these vehicles coming. The American Council of the Blind has commented that the Quiet Car rule will not only make streets safer for the visually impaired, but it will give all pedestrians an important safety cue.

The regulation will require all four-wheeled hybrid and electric cars weighing less than 10,000 pounds to make a sound when traveling below 19 miles per hour. Manufacturers have until September 1, 2019 to begin complying with the regulation.

“Anything we can do to make our streets just a little safer for pedestrians is a worthwhile endeavor,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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