If you are struck by a car while walking as a pedestrian, you might wonder where the car came from. If the car was very quiet, there's a good chance that the motorist was driving an electric car. Some electric cars are so quiet that pedestrians do not see them coming.
The Danger of Electric Cars
Motorists are expected to show care and are expected to yield to pedestrians. However, many accidents are avoided by pedestrians getting out of the way before the accident occurs. But this becomes more difficult with electric cars.
Because electric cars do not use internal combustion engines, they are less likely to be heard by pedestrians. These accidents most often occur at a low speed but can still cause very serious injuries.
What to Do After Being Hit By a Car
If you are hit, the motorist is expected to stop the vehicle, and you should contact the police and emergency medical services. You will not only want to receive medical treatment for your injury, but you will also need medical evidence. Then, you can begin building your case.
Liability for Electric Car Drivers
Drivers of electric cars should understand that pedestrians will not behave in a normal way because they may not hear the motorist and may attempt to cross the street. Therefore, drivers of electric cars must be especially careful and may be held to higher standards.
The fact that the driver was driving an electric car is relevant because of comparative negligence. When you are negotiating with an auto insurance provider, you may find that they will try to blame you for the accident. For example, if you were crossing a street, they may claim that you crossed when it was unsafe to do so.
However, the fact that the electric car was very quiet can be used as evidence that you were not partially at fault and couldn't have known that the car was coming.
How to Maximize Your Compensation
If you want to maximize your compensation, you must seek the help of a car accident injury lawyer. You will need to fully calculate all the damages you have suffered as a result of your accident.
You will also not want to negotiate with the auto insurance provider yourself but will instead want this process to be handled by an attorney. A car accident attorney will know the tactics that will be used against you and will be able to counter these arguments with evidence gathered from the scene of the accident.