LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Tesla faces a lawsuit in a crash that left a Florida teen dead. The family of the teen who was killed is suing Tesla, claiming that a Tesla service center disabled the speed limit controls on the vehicle without the family’s permission. According to the Miami Herald, the speed limit control has been set to 85 miles per hour, but when the controls were disabled, the teen pushed that car to 112 miles per hour. The lawsuit also sites flaws in Tesla’s batteries that may have contributed to the deadliness of the crash.
Is Tesla really at fault in this situation, or is this a case where the driver should be personally responsible for his or her choices? The teen was going 112 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone. Tesla does acknowledge that high speeds contributed to the crash. However, this is not the first time Tesla’s battery issues have been cited in deadly accidents.
While speed was a factor, the Tesla vehicle burst into flames when it collided into a wall. This started a chain reaction known as a “thermal runaway” in which one battery burst into flames and other batteries also caught fire. Electrical fires can be far deadlier than gas or oil-based fires. These fires cannot be extinguished using traditional means. The Miami Herald reports that fire fighters had to use hundreds of gallons of water to put out the fire.
According to Live Science, the lithium ion batteries Tesla uses in its vehicles can cause hotter fires. While Tesla’s vehicles have protections to prevent chain reaction battery fires, these protections may not be designed to withstand high-speed crashes. If one battery gets damaged in an accident, a hot fire with toxic fumes can be ignited.
Are Tesla or electric vehicles more at risk of fires? According to Live Science, early reports indicate that they are not more prone to fires than other vehicles. Unfortunately, when these rare fires do ignite, firefighters may not have the training or equipment needed to put out these extra-hot conflagrations. In fact, firefighters may have to fight these flames for hours once the fires begin. Victims in car accidents may not have time to safely exit the vehicle and firefighters may have a hard time rescuing victims from these extra-hot fires.
It isn’t clear what the outcome will be in the case of the Tesla accident that left a teen in Florida dead. Southwest Injury Law are personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada who are closely watching the outcome of this lawsuit. Suing a car company following a car accident can be far more complicated than suing a negligent person or party involved in a crash.
If you were hurt due to a defect in your vehicle, you’ll sue for a product defect. If you were hurt due to the negligence of another driver, you’ll sue for negligence on the part of another person or party. The process underlying these lawsuits can vary. For example, in a defective product lawsuit, you’ll need to show that your injuries resulted from design defects, manufacturer’s defects, or for a failure of companies to warn customers about potential hazards a product could cause. In a negligence lawsuit stemming from a car accident, victims will need to show that another driver violated a duty of care to the other person. A qualified car accident lawyer can help you with your claim and help you determine the best course of action given the specifics of your injury or car accident.
If you or a loved one was hurt due to the negligent actions of another driver, or due to a vehicle defect in your car, you may have the right to pursue a personal injury claim. Southwest Injury Law are car accident lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada who work with victims and families to help them seek damages following a car accident.

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