LAS VEGAS, Nevada. A recent car accident in which a Tesla burst into flames has some wondering whether Tesla’s lithium batteries pose a risk to drivers. According to U.S.A. Today, when the Tesla collided into a tree and parking garage, the battery may have exploded, resulting in the vehicle bursting into flames. The driver was found to have been drinking and driving, which likely was a contributing factor in the accident. Tesla vehicles use a 1,200 pound lithium battery. In the case of this accident, the impact forces shattered the battery.
Rescuers at the scene of the accident reported that the exploding battery made rescue efforts difficult. Investigators still have many questions about the conditions that can cause the lithium batteries to explode or catch fire. Because Tesla vehicles are relatively new to the road, safety experts know less about how they perform in accidents. It isn’t clear if the battery exploded, though rescuers reported hearing explosions. Some have wondered whether the driver and passenger would have survived had the car been a conventional gasoline vehicle. Currently, investigators are closely examining the case.
According to another U.S.A. Today report, Tesla has been under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before. In 2013 Model S vehicles experienced battery fires. But since that investigations, Tesla has improved its battery design. Even if the battery was responsible for the accident, it may be too quick to blame Tesla or battery powered vehicles for the fire. Gasoline vehicles are also known to ignite in certain accident cases.
The father of the woman killed in the accident reportedly blames the vehicle, claiming that his daughter would be alive if she had been in another car, according to Electrek.
Car manufacturers have a responsibility to make cars that are safe for drivers. In recent years, more companies have come under fire for selling defective vehicles. The recent Takata airbag recall affected millions of vehicles. Approximately 42 million vehicles in the U.S. may have been affected. As many as 1 in 6 vehicles on the road are under recall but have not been repaired. These cars can pose a hazard to their drivers, their passengers, and potentially to other vehicles on the road. For instance, with the Takata airbag recall, the airbag can rupture or explode, injuring drivers or passengers.
Individuals who have been hurt in a car accident have important rights under the law. The Chappell Law Group is a personal injury lawyer in Fort Myers Florida. Our firm can assist victims who have been injured either due to a defective vehicle or as a result of another driver’s negligence or neglect. While it isn’t clear whether Tesla’s batteries will require modifications, it is clear that drinking and driving and other negligent behaviors can put drivers, passengers, and others on the road at risk. If you have been a victim of another person’s negligent actions, visit the Fort Myers personal injury lawyer at https://www.attorneychappell.com.