Are Electric Cars Safer in Collisions?

Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell III, Personal Injury Attorney

Technological improvements and the dropping prices of electric vehicles have helped to usher hundreds of thousands of new models into the hands of consumers over the past two years. All-electric cars now available from Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, and BMW have also helped to broaden drivers’ options with varied body styles, performance specs, and price points.

The shift in the market of electric cars and their resulting increase in competition with traditional gasoline-powered vehicles have triggered criticism from both auto manufacturers and insurance companies about how well these new advances perform in collisions.


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Purchasing a Car: Understanding Vehicle Safety Crash Ratings

Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan)

 Author: Attorney Kathleen Smith, Personal Injury Attorney

It’s a common mistake to believe that because your vehicle is on a "Top Ten Safe Vehicles" list that it’s actually one of the safest on the road. However, not all lists and not all safety tests are created equal.

With so much inadequate and conflicting information, how can you determine which vehicles provide the best crash protection when you’re shopping for a new model?

Know the Standards

Although all vehicles on the market in the United States must comply with the minimum safety standards and performance requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), many experts consider these standards…

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How Dangerous is Texting and Driving? Take the Test!

Commentary by James Mick Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

The constant need to be “plugged in” remains a concern especially with respect to driving while texting/emailing/etc.  In August 2009 the New York Times published a game which purports to measure how your reaction time is affected by external distractions, such as texting.  We recommend you try it, your results may surprise (and scare) you!

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New Technology Included in Latest Crash Tests

Author: Scott Fitzgerald, Law Clerk

Crash test rating systems for new cars have been around for many years, but recent changes in technology and methods are a significant improvement.  The latest reforms have also refined testing procedures and streamlined the ratings system to make it easier for the consumer to understand how well each vehicle performs in a car crash.  Last fall U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the "5 Star Safety Ratings System" will now evaluate cars based on whether they use crash-prevention and crash-protection technologies.[1] Although the old ratings system also used 5 stars, in recent years most…

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