Lawsuit Lawyer

Lawsuits against Tesla allege that various defects in Tesla vehicles have led to serious injuries and death. These include explosions, autopilot malfunction, sudden acceleration, airbag malfunctions and seatbelt failure. Regulatory agencies have investigated Tesla following some of these deadly occurrences.

Our law firm is representing individuals who have been injured or suffered the death of a family member in an incident with a Tesla vehicle.

What Do We Know About Tesla Lawsuits?

Defects in Tesla vehicles have caused significant injuries to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Explosions:

Explosions in Tesla cars have killed several passengers and drivers in the United States and abroad. Lithium-ion batteries have an increased risk of explosion. When the battery is shocked during a collision, an explosion may result. Tesla vehicles have also exploded while charging idly with no preceding shock due to overcharge or overheating of the lithium-ion battery cells. These fires can last longer and be more destructive than regular fires.

Autopilot Failure

In August 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation of Tesla’s Autopilot system after at least 11 incidents in which Teslas drove into parked emergency vehicles while Autopilot was engaged.  Hundreds of thousands of Tesla car are outfitted with Autopilot. The first accident involving Autopilot occurred in 2016 when the driver of a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida and was killed. The NHTSA is scrutinizing the Autopilot system to determine the cause of the malfunction and what steps Tesla must take, including a recall or additional safety features, to address this issue.

Sudden Acceleration

Sudden unintended acceleration has been reported in at least for different Tesla models in over 200 incidents that resulted in crashes. The number of complaints of sudden acceleration are higher than in other vehicles with comparable technological features. Electric vehicles are prone to the type of rapid acceleration that is more common among high end standard cars. This feature has resulted in injuries as Tesla vehicles have jumped off suddenly from a standstill position.

Airbag Failure

In 2020, a Maryland man brought a lawsuit against Tesla stemming from an accident in which the airbag failed to deploy after his car crashed into a guardrail on the I-95 Interstate. Upon collision, none of the airbags deployed, leaving the driver with severe brain damage. This claim is believed to be the first focusing on Tesla’s faulty airbag mechanism.  Tesla recently announced a recall of some its Model S and Model X vehicles due to defective airbags that failed to protect drivers.

Seatbelt Failure

In the lawsuit against Tesla brought by the Maryland couple for airbag failure, the plaintiffs also allege that the seatbelt failed to restrain them and contributed to the passenger’s devastating brain injury. The lawsuit claims that the car was unreasonably dangerous due to its faulty seatbelt mechanism. In June 2021, Tesla issued two recalls to address seatbelt failures because fasteners may have been poorly attached. A fastener that is not attached correctly can compromise the seatbelt’s ability to prevent injuries to passengers.

Tesla Injuries

Tesla claims that its Model 3 is the “safest car ever built,” but Tesla vehicles have caused serious injuries due to operational and mechanical defects. Between June 2016 and May 2021, the NHTSA investigated 36 crashes involving Tesla vehicles, some of which resulted in the death of a driver, passenger, or pedestrian.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Tesla Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Tesla, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

Investigations and Recalls of Tesla

Both faulty battery design and negligent manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries have been investigated as potential causes of spontaneous explosions. Many of these incidents have raised concerns as to whether Tesla battery technology is inherently safe. Investigators are also determining whether injuries resulting from Autopilot malfunctions indicate flaws in the car’s ability to detect and brake for parked cars.

Liability Law and Tesla Cases

Manufacturers like Tesla can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by defects in their vehicles.  Under the theory of strict liability, Tesla is liable for damage caused by its vehicles regardless of the care it exercises in designing its cars or whether it had knowledge of the defect. There are different types of strict liability:

  • Design defect: the defect is the result of the way the product has been constructed.
  • Manufacturing defect: the defect is the result of the method by which the product is assembled.
  • Failure to warn: the manufacturer fails to provide adequate warmings about the dangers of the product.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation.