The government has enacted another debate over a plan that would require automakers to sell cars that average 35.5 miles-per-gallon by 2016, a little more and a lot sooner than current law.
This new legislation could cause more car accidents which would in turn cause more personal injury and wrongful deaths as companies looking to comply with the new rules will opt to make smaller vehicles which are more dangerous than larger ones in car crashes because of their lack of size.
As car accident lawyers, we believe that driving a safe car with the proper parts and accessories is the first step to preventing an automobile accident. If you are in a car crash, you can experience personal injuries (including whiplash, spinal cord injuries (paralysis), traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities), pain and suffering, and lost wages.
The government insists that currently no tradeoff exists, but nothing in the new rules would force automakers to sell more small cars. Some safety experts think otherwise.
“The deadlines are so tight that downsizing will be a tempting compliance strategy” for automakers, says the former rulemaking chief in the Office of Management and Budget.
Some government administrations have concluded in multiple studies dating back about 20 years that fuel-economy standards force automakers to build more small cars, which has led to thousands more wrongful deaths in car crashes annually.
Our auto accident lawyers believe that if cars are manufactured quickly — to comply with the administration’s new rules — design defects could lead to car crashes. But there also exists the chance that these new cars might help lower car accident statistics. If you are injured in a car accident, we recommend that you check out our medical treatment resources to find a specialist in your area.
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