Hybrid cars are safer for their occupants during collisions but are more dangerous for pedestrians when compared to fossil fueled vehicles, a new study from an insurance institute reveals.
According to the study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the reason why hybrid cars are safer for their occupants during a collision is that they are heavier than conventional cars.
On average, hybrid vehicles are 10 percent heavier, the report which was released on Thursday reveals.
This edge gives a 25 percent lesser likelihood that occupants of hybrid cars will be injured in a collision, the study says.
Matt Moore, HLDI vice president, said in a statement with the report about the new study that “This extra mass gives them an advantage in crashes that their conventional twins don’t have.”
Hybrids, however, pose a higher risk for pedestrians because of their engines. Because these cars run on electric engines when driving slowly, pedestrians are unlikely to hear them coming, the study says.
Because of this, there is a 20 percent increase in likelihood that hybrid vehicles will be involved in pedestrian accidents than their conventional counterparts.