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Electric vehicles required to make noise to protect pedestrians

On November 14, federal automobile safety regulators issued a new ruling requiring electric compact vehicles to have a sound device to alert pedestrians that they are travelling, an article of the NHTSA reported.

The new requirement, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is expected to especially help pedestrians who are blind or visually impaired. Blind pedestrians and those with poor vision can more easily detect approaching or moving electric vehicles when they have a similar audible sound to fuel-powered counterparts. This new requirement also covers hybrid vehicles. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx stressed the importance of requiring quiet vehicles to have a sounding device because pedestrians heavily depend on their senses while on the road. Automakers are given until September 2019 to equip their electric and hybrid vehicles with sound devices.

Many pedestrians, unfortunately, have to deal with permanent disabilities after vehicles strike them on the road. However, if you were the victim of a pedestrian accident, enlisting a skilled personal injury attorney is important to help you obtain compensations from negligent parties. Call a Nashville attorney at Pohl & Berk, LLP today at (615) 277-2765 to pursue damage claims against reckless drivers.

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