PRLog - Nov. 23, 2011 - SEATTLE -- CarInsuranceRates.com, a top supplier of free quotes on auto insurance coverage, has published information provided by its affiliate insurers that suggests drivers of hybrid vehicles have a lower rate of injury in car accidents than drivers of conventional vehicles. However, the data also suggest that drivers of hybrids are more likely to have accidents involving pedestrians.
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“One of the most common questions we get from our visitors pertains to the accuracy of the claim that drivers of hybrid vehicles receive lower car insurance rates than drivers of standard vehicles. Our answer to this, for the most part, is ‘yes.’ As this new information demonstrates, hybrid drivers generally tend to be safer drivers with a lower rate of serious accidents, which partially explains their favorable rates,” said Nathan Ackerman, spokesman for Car Insurance Rates.
The information supplied by the partner insurers indicates that drivers of hybrid vehicles are 25 percent less likely to sustain injuries in an auto accident than drivers of conventional autos. One proffered theory explaining this phenomenon suggests that hybrids, on average, are about ten percent heavier than other vehicles, which could aid in the prevention of driver injury in accidents. Conversely, the data show that hybrids are about 20 percent more likely to be involved in accidents with pedestrians.
“With every vehicle, there are pros and cons. Drivers of hybrids will typically enjoy better insurance rates and lower rates of injury in accidents, but because of how quiet their engines tend to be, they also have a substantially higher rate of collisions with pedestrians. Ideally, these new statistics will make drivers of hybrids more aware of the risk of pedestrian-involved accidents, and take special care in areas with foot traffic,” said Mr. Ackerman.
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