Posted on January 25, 2012 5:39 PM
Hybrid electric vehicles’ effect on pedestrian and bicyclist crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released an update of a study on the incidence rates of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes by hybrid electric (HE) vehicles. The study compares the rate of bicycle and pedestrian crashes involving HE vehicles is compared to the rate involving internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE). Overall, the odds ratios indicate that there is a greater likelihood of an HE vehicle being in either a pedestrian or bicycle crash -- 35 percent and 57 percent respectively -- than an ICE vehicle being in a similar crash. For pedestrian crashes, the study found that the largest difference occurs on roadways where the speed limit is 35 mph and lower and during low-speed maneuvers.