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Are Electric Cars Safer Than Gasoline Powered Cars?

We've all seen the movies where a car gets into a collision, rolls a few times and then explodes. In reality, gas tanks are not exploding frequently from collisions. But gasoline is a flammable liquid and in gasoline-powered cars, this fuel is stored in a centrally located tank in rather large quantities. Gasoline-powered cars also put an actual spark to this fuel to run the vehicle.
Electric cars use lithium-ion batteries and the flammable liquid electrolytes found in these batteries are contained in small packages, are not refilled and are not exposed to a spark. But battery packs, if punctured have been known to explode like the Tesla Model S that exploded in 2013.
Evrater.com listed these statistics about fire rates in gasoline-powered cars versus electric vehicles.
"Americans, using gas cars, drive an average of 3 trillion miles every year, during which time there are approximately 150,000 car fires. This equates to one gas car fire for every 20 million miles traveled.
At the time this data was compiled, electric vehicles had driven a total of 638 million miles. During this time there were just 5 electric car fires. This equates to one electric car fire for every 120 million miles or so of travel."
Fires are not the only safety concerns. Mechanical failures also lead to accidents. On the positive side, electric cars have fewer moving parts and therefore fewer parts to be involved in a mechanical failure that might lead to an accident.
Electric cars are also performing well in crash tests. Evrater offers these reasons for the results. "Manufacturers don't need to base the structure of an electric car around a big internal combustion engine. This could play a part in why some EVs react so well in crash tests. EVs also have a much lower centre of gravity, due to battery placement, meaning they're far less likely to rollover."
If you have been considering purchasing an electric car recently, it would appear that you can add increased safety to the positive column of your list. We know that even in the safest of vehicles, accidents do still happen. If you are injured in an accident, we can help. 

Talking on phones and running red lights: Utah Bills are passed and killed

When driving your car, which activity would you guess would result in receiving a ticket: running a red light or holding your cell phone while talking and driving? In many states, both activities are considered offenses and are enforceable by law. But not in Utah. Last week the Utah House of Representatives voted on both issues and the results may surprise you.

Golf Carts and Low Speed Vehicles: Are They Street Legal In Utah?

There was a time where the only place you might see golf carts being driven off the course would be in planned retirement communities. But now you can drive through many Utah neighborhoods and see teenagers and parents alike, driving down the road to the community pool, a friend's house or the grocery store in a golf cart. The "Golf Carts on Steroids" craze has taken off across the nation.

Distracted Driving Awareness

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Safety Council is urging families to take a pledge to avoid distracted driving. What constitutes distracted driving? There are three main areas of distraction: Visual: taking your eyes off the road; Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

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