Search Site
Free Consultation 855-234-7619
 
Virginia Injury Blog
 

Safest Car in America Goes Up in Flames

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: 

  • The safety system in the car functioned properly and the driver avoided injury
  • No flames reached the passenger compartment of the vehicle at any time
  • Significant, unusual force penetrated the quarter inch armor plate that shields the battery pack
  • The fire was less damaging than it would have been had the car been gasoline-powered

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.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Convenient consulations at the location of your choice Our skilled attorneys come to your home or office to meet with you
Media Center
  • Get to know Lanier Law Group with our series of informative videos. You'll learn about various points of personal injury law, and how we approach our practice to deliver the best results possible.

Recent Cases
  • Workers' Compensation Claim A worker's compensation claim where client was doing framework and the nail gun that he had on his waist shot misfired and fired into his right knee. Client had to have surgery to remove the nail. Employer is claiming there was no employer/employee relationship.
  • Personal Injury Claim A personal injury claim involving a bus driver who battered and assaulted two minors. One minor has a possible mental health issue caused by the attack. The second minor jumped in to help, and driver struck her as well.
  • Car Accident Claim A car accident claim where our client, a police officer, was struck in the rear while on duty, by a drunk driver.
  • Workers' Compensation Claim A worker's compensation claim where client slipped and fell on ice, injuring his left knee and right hip. Client had to have hip replacement surgery and received a 25 percent rating on his knee.
Read More
Testimonials
  • “She was very professional, kept me completely involved and updated with everything. Awesome job done.”

    - T.D.

  • “Maria stayed on top of everything with updates, etc.”

    - J.M.

  • “Very good communication throughout my case. Brenda paid great attention to my case and kept me up to date.”

    - T.P.

  • “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.”

    - J.B.

See All Testimonials
Our Firm
Download Our App

Our Social Security Disability Help Center app can provide assistance if you've been involved in an accident. Use the links below to select and download our app for your Apple® or Android device.

Contact Us

Please fill out form below and one of our attorneys will contact you.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Our Office Locations

Use the map below to find the location closest to you

  • -- mi
    Raleigh, NC
    207 W. Millbrook Road, Suite 215
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    • 1.(919) 848-2000 Tel
  • -- mi
    Charlotte, NC
    10130 Mallard Creek Road, Suite 110
    Charlotte, NC 28262
    • 1.(704) 341-5558 Tel
  • -- mi
    Jamestown, NC
    4915 Piedmont Pkwy., Suite 104
    Jamestown, NC 27282
    • 1.(336) 855-8554 Tel
  • -- mi
    Greensboro, NC
    222 S. Swing Road, Suite 6
    Greensboro, NC 27409
    • 1.(336) 855-8554 Tel
  • -- mi
    Winston-Salem, NC
    250 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 107
    Winston-Salem, NC 27103
    • 1.(336) 760-9996 Tel
  • -- mi
    Durham, NC
    600 S. Duke Street
    Durham, NC 27701
    • 1.(919) 682-2111 Tel
  • -- mi
    Greenville, NC
    108 W. Firetower Road, Suite H
    Greenville, NC 28590
    • 1.(252) 757-7777 Tel
  • -- mi
    Burlington, NC
    2630 Ramada Road
    Burlington, NC 27215
    • 1.(336) 506-1041 Tel
  • -- mi
    Fayetteville, NC
    4200 Morganton Road, Suite 200-15
    Fayetteville, NC 28314
    • 1.(910) 484-3333 Tel
  • -- mi
    Asheville, NC
    603 Biltmore Ave
    Asheville, NC 28803
    • 1.(828) 412-3503 Tel
  • -- mi
    Wilmington, NC
    1213 Culbreth Drive, Suite 120
    Wilmington, NC 28405
    • 1.(910) 256-4445 Tel
View more