http://www.thestar.com/article/643141 ... Sheesh. In the early history of cars, in England there was a law requiring cars going on roads to be limited to 20 miles/hr and to be proceeded by someone waving a flag warning all passersby about the approaching car. That of course made adoption of cars hard in England until the law was repealed.
There have been many of these "electric cars are dangerous because they're silent" articles.. and I'm wondering out loud whether it's a disinformation campaign by entrenched interests (a.k.a. oil companies) to slander the electric car, position them as dangerous, to keep them off the road.
I think it's the responsibility of the driver to operate their vehicle safely. If they happen to run over a deaf person who didn't hear them, then it's the responsibility of the driver for having done so. Cars are heavy objects that carry a lot of inertia when moving and it's a huge responsibility to operate heavy machinery in a safe manner. Unfortunately it seems many people shirk their responsibility to be safe behind the wheel. In this case they're positioning blind people as the victim of marauding silent electric vehicles, when there are other ways to present the same story.