Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) opened up an investigation following a fatal Florida car accident involving a Tesla vehicle that killed two teenagers. According to a recent news article discussing the tragic accident and subsequent investigation, the vehicle was traveling southbound on Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale when it left the roadway and crashed into a concrete wall. The vehicle then immediately caught fire.
The driver and front-seat passenger were both pronounced dead in the accident. The rear-seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and sustained major injuries but is expected to live. Police believe that speed may have been a factor in the fatal accident.
Following the accident, the NTSB opened an investigation, focusing not on the autopilot feature that has been a matter of recent concern but instead on the vehicle’s electric battery and the possibility that it was responsible for the fire.
Tesla vehicles have been in the news frequently over the last several years, since there have been several high-profile crashes that may have been caused by the vehicle’s auto-pilot feature. That being said, the demand for Tesla vehicles is still high, and the company repeatedly has stood behind its cars.
Lawsuits Based on Dangerous Vehicles
When a vehicle malfunctions, and a driver or passenger is hurt as a result, that person may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries through a Florida product liability lawsuit. Like manufacturers of all types of products, auto manufacturers are held to a high standard when it comes to safety. If a product or component part does not function as it is supposed to function, people are put at risk.
There are several different types of product liability lawsuits, including both defective manufacturing and defective design cases. There are also “failure to warn” claims that can be made if a known danger is not adequately disclosed to the consumer. Importantly, strict liability is imposed in many product liability actions, meaning that the victim does not need to establish that the defendant manufacturer was negligent. Anyone considering a Florida product liability lawsuit following a car accident should consult with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney to discuss their case.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida car accident, and you believe that your accident was caused by a defective or negligently designed vehicle, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida product liability lawyers at the law firm of Cecere Santana, PA have extensive experience assisting victims and their families with pursuing compensation for injuries they have sustained in Florida car accidents. To learn more, and to speak with an attorney about your case, call 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation. Calling is free, and you will not be billed for our services unless we are able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
See Additional Blog Posts:
South Florida Accident Involving Dump Truck Claims Two Lives, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, May 3, 2018.
Recovering Compensation After a Florida Hit-and-Run Accident, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published May 16, 2018.