Car accidents can be extremely serious, resulting in injuries and sometimes death. Electric cars are no exception. If you believe you have been injured due to a defective electric vehicle, you need to reach out to a Miami car accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to investigate and establish auto defects. With years of experience, you can rest assured that we will provide detail-oriented and personalized representation at every step of the way.
A Tesla Model X recently crashed through two separate walls of a Florida gym. The vehicle almost hit a man who was just stepping off a treadmill, but fortunately he did not get hurt. No one, including the driver, was injured in the incident. The driver of the car told authorities that she hit the brakes, but the car kept accelerating on its own.
Unfortunately, this is not the first report of a Tesla accelerating on its own and resulting in a crash. In 2016, there were a series of similar claims. Almost all of those cases took place in parking lots as the driver pressed the brake to come to a complete stop, but the vehicle sped up and crashed instead. Tesla investigated those claims, and data logs revealed that the drivers had pressed the accelerator pedal in those cases.
The distinction between whether the brake malfunctioned or the driver pressed the wrong pedal is an important one. Car manufacturers have an obligation to put safe vehicles into the stream of commerce. As a result, if a defective brake was the cause of the accident, the manufacturer can be liable for the accident and any resulting harm. In short, the cause of the accident is relevant to the determination of ‘fault’ in a personal injury lawsuit.
If faulty brakes were the cause of the accident, Tesla could be liable under the legal theory of product liability. Product liability claims are intended to hold negligent manufacturers and retailers accountable for putting dangerous products into the hands of consumers. An injured party can point to a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a warning defect to establish his or her case. A design defect is an inherent flaw in a product’s design, a manufacturing defect is when the product departs from the design plan and is not manufactured properly, and a warning defect is when the manufacturer of the product fails to sufficiently warn consumers of risks associated with the intended use of that product.
Electric cars are increasing in popularity, and as they do, the glitches in some of these vehicles are becoming more apparent. If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective electric vehicle, we can help protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami car accident attorneys can spend the time and resources needed to get to the bottom of what happened in your case. Call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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