In an embarrassing and potentially dangerous turn of events for upstart automaker Tesla, a Model S electric car burned itself into memory across the nation as a video of the vehicle engulfed in flames went viral in early October.
Our firm represents clients injured by defective automobiles and the accidents they cause. In this case, the driver was not injured, but the car was destroyed.
While driving on the freeway in Kent, Washington, Rob Carlson ran over a curved metal shard dropped from a semi-truck. The size and shape of the debris proved a problem for the Tesla when it struck the undercarriage. Penetration of the battery compartment by the debris caused fire in the front section of the lithium-ion battery pack.
Fortunately, after being told by the onboard safety system to exit the freeway and the car, Mr. Carlson was able to safely avoid the fire. However, the battery compartment fire proved stubborn, requiring firefighters to roll the vehicle on its side and cut holes in the battery compartment to fully extinguish the fire.
Fielding significant disappointment and concern, Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, blogged:
Time and investigation have yet to decide the safety of lithium-ion batteries in planes, laptops or automobiles. If you have questions about an automobile accident, speak with a reputable personal injury attorney in Raleigh.
“She was very professional, kept me completely involved and updated with everything. Awesome job done.”
“Maria stayed on top of everything with updates, etc.”
“Very good communication throughout my case. Brenda paid great attention to my case and kept me up to date.”
“Both attorneys involved were very informative and walked me through my case every setp of the way. They answered any questions and concerns I had whenever they cam up. I was very nervous and skeptical at the beginning but that quickly changed.”
Please fill out form below and one of our attorneys will contact you.
Use the map below to find the location closest to you