Americans purchased more than 114,000 electric cars in 2015. These vehicles use electric motors which are usually powered by a number of rechargeable batteries. They do not have a need for gasoline or oil because they do not have internal combustion motors. They are also more efficient and quieter than their gas-relying counterparts.
While most electric car accidents take place in the same manner as traditional vehicles, they offer additional safety concerns after a crash due to their electrical components. Problems that may be an issue in a collision include:
Other concerns that may result in damage or injury are electronic or computer malfunctions. However, electric shocks, chemical exposure, and fires are the biggest risks.
Collisions can damage an electric vehicle’s complex battery system, which may cause spontaneous fires, even in a minor accident. Damaged batteries can also leak harmful and corrosive chemicals that may cause burns and other injuries.
The rechargeable batteries in an electric car can electrically charge the frame of the vehicle, posing a danger to the driver and passengers within. This can be a serious problem if someone is trapped in the automobile. Any rescue personnel may also be at risk for electric shock.
In some ways, liability for electric car accidents follows the traditional rules. If one driver is negligent, then that driver may be liable for property damage and injuries sustained by the other party.
However, an electric car accident can also lead to a product liability claim if an injury can be traced back to a product defect. For example, in a case where the car’s engine spontaneously catches fire because of a battery defect, the manufacturer could be held liable.
As an injured party in an electric car accident, you may be eligible for damages and compensation. Depending on the specifics of your case, a Burbank electric car accident attorney may be able to help you recover money for:
Your damages will be calculated based on state law, the presence of pre-existing injuries, and the severity of injuries sustained in the crash. If a case involves a manufacturer defect, a class action lawsuit may result, as well as a product recall.
Electric car accidents pose many risks and potential injuries not found with internal combustion vehicles. In the worst cases, they can cause severe injury or lead to a wrongful death claim. If you need legal guidance or representation, speak to a lawyer at the Compass Law Group. We’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our skilled attorneys can protect your rights, file a lawsuit, and guide you through the claims process from start to finish. Without a lawyer, you risk missing strict notice and filing deadlines and may not receive a fair settlement. Having an attorney working on your behalf makes the process easier and more efficient, and injured victims who hire an attorney often get three times more compensation than those who try to handle a case alone.
When you’re ready to schedule your free consultation, call the Compass Law Group at 800-602-4010 or contact us online. We believe everyone is entitled to proper legal representation, so we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.