The dangers of electric cars are both numerous and varied. They are an important step in the battle against climate change and mission to reduce our collective carbon footprint. However, like all vehicles, the threat of a road traffic accident is never far away.
What are the main dangers of electric cars?
An accident on the road with a standard car has a number of dangers. Chief among them is the possibility of the engine combusting. Petrol, oil and fire are potentially a lethal mix. Of course, electric cars don’t carry any petrol, so they must be safer, right?
Well, kind of. Whilst electric car drivers don’t have petrol or oil to worry about, there are still fire hazards. Almost all electric cars run on lithium-ion batteries. These batteries can catch fire and even explode.
Of course, electric cars are fitted with precautions such as fuses and circuit breakers. They also have systems in place to keep the batteries nice and cool whilst the car is running. However, such is the violent impact of a serious car crash, these safety features could be destroyed.
Other dangers of electric cars include the possibility of suffering an electric shock at a charging point. There are even schools of thought that suggest exposure to the extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted by electric cars is damaging to health. This is a subject fiercely debated on both sides. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the only health hazards posed by electric cars come from incidents on the road.
What can I do if I suffer a traffic accident in an electric car?
The aftermath of any collision with another vehicle can be deeply distressing. This worry and concern are only magnified if the accident wasn’t your fault. Fortunately, help is at hand.
Accident Advice Helpline is personal injury specialists with over 16 years’ experience in traffic injury compensation claims. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis and, such is their expertise, are usually able to settle out of court.
This means you can enjoy peace of mind throughout the claims process. Most road accident claims must meet the following criteria for a successful outcome:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else
- The injuries suffered were caused by the accident – confirmed by a medical professional.
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Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice