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Safety Inspectors Surprised by Tesla Motor Crash

It is far too often that we report and inform our readers about the dangers of defective designs in automobiles causing and accidents tied to these products that result in personal injury or death. For instance, just earlier this year we reported on safety issues surrounding General Motors vehicles and Congressional hearings to bring these issues to light. However, we are always happy to hear news about vehicles with exceptional performance and safety ratings, these vehicles proving that producing safe cars and trucks is possible.

According to news by the Financial Post, a recent crash involving a car made by Tesla Motors has surprised safety experts. A Los Angeles man stole a Tesla model car from a service center and continued in a high speed chase with police, eventually colliding with several vehicles before crashing into a light pole. This sequence of collisions resulted in the car breaking into two parts and its battery catching fire. However, safety experts are surprised because a crash of this intensity that involved multiple collisions should have killed a person. In this instance, the individual was driving at extremely high speeds while running from authorities in pursuit of him. Such recklessness and negligence may have resulted in a multitude of crashes with both vehicles and objects. However, the driver only suffered injuries.

The article includes an interview with a with an expert who studies automotive fires for the National Fire Protection Association – an organization dedicated to helping firefighters and emergency responders improve safety. This expert called this crash one that should have been non-survivable.

This year, several crashes that resulted in fires in the Model S required a safety review by U.S. regulators, but after investigating the vehicle, they required no changes to its safety mechanisms. In fact, the drivers of these crashes received alerts from the vehicle to pull over and exit even before the fires started. Fires are much slower in electric vehicles than those of gasoline vehicles, and the odds of a fire in the Model S are one for every 8,000 vehicles. This is actually five times lower than that of an average gasoline-fueled car. When a fire does occur in the car, it is a small combustion compared to gasoline vehicles. Furthermore, according to the same article, there were 172,500 vehicle fires in the United States in 2012 alone.

While we are pleased to hear of increased safety in the design and manufacture of vehicles, it is also early to come to any strong conclusions about electric versus gasoline vehicles. These vehicles are still newer to the market, so information is still limited to us. However, hopefully reports like these continue a push toward safety, among both electric vehicle manufacturers and gasoline-based competitors. It can be said that some competition is healthy, and a competition for safe vehicles among auto companies is definitely a great competition to have.

Our attorneys understand the dangers of vehicle fires and the dangers of negligent drivers. If you have suffered injury in a motor vehicle crash or a loved one has died, you may be able to hold the negligent individual who caused the crash liable through a lawsuit. Our attorneys have been experienced in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for over 20 years, and would be happy to assist you in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you with your case.