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Electric Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Electric vehicles have become a significant technological advancement, but they come with potential risks of severe injury during accidents, despite their environmental benefits. If there has been an accident involving you or your loved one and an electric vehicle, our electric vehicle accident lawyer is available to offer assistance.

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Call us at (205) 654-8146 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring an EV Accident Lawyer?

Electric Vehicle Accident Lawyer

If you were in an electric vehicle accident, a lawyer specializing in EV accidents can assist you. They can help by pursuing damages which come in various forms. These types of damages will be discussed later in this article.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

Mezrano Law Firm works on a contingency. A contingency fee basis means the law firm will not charge you anything unless you win a settlement or in court. A contingency fee ensures the victim pays nothing out of pocket and that the law firm works hard for your case. We also offer contingency for other areas of practice, such as:

The Risks Associated With Electric Vehicles in Accidents Are Distinct.

It is important for emergency responders, vehicle owners, and the public to be aware of the unique safety risks that electric vehicles (EVs) pose during collisions. If you have experienced an injury in or near an EV, seek guidance from a car accident attorney located in Alabama.

Electric vehicles have specific crash hazards that may lead to harm or even fatalities for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and other involved parties.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have a higher weight than internal combustion vehicles (ICE).

Electric SUVs and truck models can be dangerous due to their heavy weight. The Ford F-150 Lightning is about 6,500 pounds, while its gas-powered version is lighter. The Hummer EV weighs over 9,000 pounds, with its battery heavier than a Honda Civic. This increased weight results in more force during collisions, putting pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers in smaller vehicles at greater risk.

During her keynote speech at the Transportation Research Board in January 2023, Jennifer Homendy - who is the Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board - expressed her concern about the rise in curb weight and size, power, and performance of vehicles on roads, including electric vehicles. She also mentioned that this increase poses a higher risk of severe injuries and fatalities for all road users.

Are EVs More Dangerous Because of Their Weight?

Information on traffic fatalities for 2022 is not yet obtainable, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted a significant rise in road deaths during the first nine months of 2021.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of projected fatalities for the first nine months of 2020 is higher than any other year since 2006. It has shown the highest percentage increase in fatalities over the same period in NHTSA's reporting history.
  • The number of traffic fatalities in 2021 saw a rise of 10.5 percent with 42,915 deaths, the highest count in over fifteen years since 2005.
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average weight of vehicles has increased and is anticipated to continue increasing. This weight has risen from 3,200 lbs in 1975 to its current value of 4,200 lbs, despite a steep decline noted during the 1980s.
  • According to a 2011 report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there was a significant correlation between a 1,000-pound increase in weight and an elevated rate of accident fatalities by up to 1,000%.

The weight of electric vehicles is a significant concern for the safety of other drivers.

Additional Safety Concerns of Electric Vehicles

While the weight of EVs is a severe concern, other risks are associated with electric vehicles.

Gain of Speed

Electric vehicles have been known to pose a higher risk as they can gain speed rapidly. The Chevy Blazer EV SUV can achieve 0-60 mph in under four seconds, thanks to its "Wide Open Watts Mode," which is comparable to numerous muscle cars. The Tesla Model X Plaid is currently the fastest SUV available, with an acceleration rate of 0 to 60 in two and a half seconds.

The acceleration of electric vehicles, which car enthusiasts admire, presents a safety risk for obstacles in its path. Individuals traveling on foot, children engaging in play, bicycle riders, and even animals are now given a limited duration of two and a half seconds to react to approaching electric vehicles. The limited amount of time can result in severe harm or fatality.

No Pedestrian Warning

The increase in electric and hybrid vehicles has brought forth a potential safety concern - the quietness of their engines. Pedestrians may be susceptible to not hearing vehicles approaching without an audible warning.

The NHTSA has implemented a regulation mandating hybrid and electric vehicles to emit artificial noise at speeds below 18.6 mph, aiming to reduce roughly 2,400 injuries per year. Various car models have adopted this requirement in recent times.

Electric Car Fire Risk

Electric vehicle fires are caused by the lithium-ion batteries that power them. These batteries contain a liquid electrolyte filled with positively charged ions located between two electrodes - the anode and cathode. When electrons move between them, a chemical reaction occurs and generates power.

Batteries, including LI batteries, have the potential to overheat which can lead to short circuits known as thermal runaway. This raises temperatures within the battery and can potentially ignite explosive materials. Electrical car fires can also be caused by mechanical damage or defects that pose a risk to a car's battery system.

Electric Car Accident FAQs

Who May be Held Liable for an Electric Car Accident or Injury?

The liable party depends on an electric car accident or injury circumstances. Commonly, potential parties responsible could include:

  • any vehicle driver involved in the accident
  • a manufacturer of auto parts related to the incident
  • another motorist negligent of safe driving practices
  • or a municipality if hazardous conditions exist due to road work or other infrastructure maintenance.

Are There any Legal Remedies Available for an Electric Car Accident?

Yes, there are legal remedies available for electric car accidents. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, people may be able to recover the maximum compensation from the:

  • at-fault driver
  • electric vehicle manufacturers
  • or auto mechanic shop where it was recently serviced
  • for property damage and medical expenses related to their catastrophic injuries. Additionally, state laws may provide additional protection to EV accident victims of electric vehicle accidents.

How Much is My Electric Vehicle Accident Case Worth?

The amount you could receive for an electric vehicle accident case is difficult to determine without knowing all the details. Your potential damage claim will depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your injuries, who is liable for your damages, and any applicable insurance policies that may cover your losses. It is best to consult with an experienced accident attorney who can properly evaluate your case and provide guidance.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with an Electric Car Accident Claim?

Yes, contacting a personal injury lawyer for assistance when filing an electric car accident claim is always best. A qualified personal injury attorney can help you understand the process and your legal rights and ensure your claim is handled efficiently and effectively.

What types of compensation can be sought in a personal injury lawsuit?

Economic Damages

Economic damages are losses that arise from an injury or harm to another’s property, business, or finances. Economic damages include:

  • Past medical expenses (related to the accident)
  • Future medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • repair costs for damaged property
  • and lost income

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are damages in personal injury cases that cannot be quantified or measured. These include:

  • pain and suffering
  • emotional distress
  • inconvenience
  • destruction of one's quality of life
  • scarring or disfigurement

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are a type of legal damages that a court will award in order to punish the wrongdoer for egregious misconduct or to set an example for other potential violators. They are generally in addition to any other compensatory damages that were awarded.

Special Damages

Special damages, also known as consequential damages, do not occur directly from a breach but are considered a consequence of that breach. They include economic losses such as lost profits or the cost of repair or replacement. They may also have other losses, such as emotional distress due to the breach.

Wrongful Death

A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is a civil action brought to compensate someone for the loss of life of another due to another person’s negligence or intentional act. Surviving family members can bring wrongful death lawsuits to seek financial compensation.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

No, we do not recommend you talk to the other driver's insurance company. Insurance companies are known to get you to admit liability (even if you aren't liable) so they don't have to pay you anything. Let the car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of John M. McCabe work with the insurance company instead. We will advocate and look out for your best interest.

What Injuries are Common with an Electric Vehicle Accident?

  • Whiplash
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Electrical burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • and even death

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