Electric vehicles (EVs) have risen in popularity across Florida because they’re less harmful to the environment and more cost-effective. However, EVs have the potential to become defective and cause accidents, which can lead to catastrophic injuries. Below, we discuss common catastrophic injuries, types of EV defects, defective EV laws in Florida, and what to do following a catastrophic injury caused by an EV. Contact our Tampa car accident lawyer today to receive assistance with your case.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Defective EVs
EVs are built to high standards as set by the federal government, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t susceptible to defects like any other vehicle. Here are some of the leading types of EV defects:
- Software defects. Malfunctioning software can cause EVs to accelerate suddenly, lose power, or face difficulties with steering.
- Design defects. Flaws in design including battery installation can lead to accidents and catastrophic injuries.
- Battery defects. Battery issues like faulty wiring, punctures, or overheating can lead to electrocution, explosions, and fires.
- Manufacturing defects. When parts aren’t made as intended, the integrity of an EV declines and can make it unsafe.
- Electrical system defects. Sparks flying from electrical components can cause fires and electrocution.
While EVs may have defects, it’s important to note that not all defects will lead to catastrophic injuries. However, even the most insignificant defects can have deadly consequences if they’re not discovered and addressed swiftly.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Defective EVs
Catastrophic injuries are defined by their severity and the overall impact on a victim’s life, including the length of medical treatment and lasting symptoms. There are many different catastrophic injuries, but these are the most common following an EV defect:
- Electrocution. If the internal system shorts, electrocution may occur, resulting in lasting damage or death.
- Spinal cord injuries. Defective EVs can cause auto accidents, which may lead to spinal cord injuries.
- Burns. Electric system and battery defects can lead to severe burns that require extensive medical care.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries happen when the head suffers a blow during an accident, which can be caused by a defective EV.
- Internal bleeding. Internal bleeding isn’t always obvious following a defective EV accident, but it can cause lasting damage.
In the worst-case scenarios, defective EV accidents can cause death, whether it be immediate or after suffering from one of the above catastrophic injuries. Whether you have been injured or a loved one has died following a defective EV accident in Florida, you can rely on us to seek the best level of compensation.
Defective EV Laws in Florida
Laws in Florida protect consumers from any defective products, including EVs. According to the Florida Lemon Law, consumers have the right to a replacement or refund if their new vehicle does not conform to federal standards. As well as this, the Florida Product Liability Act allows consumers to sue manufacturers for damages – even if the manufacturer wasn’t aware of the defects.
To win a product liability lawsuit in Florida, we will help you prove the EV was defective, that the defect caused your injuries, and that the negligent party was the seller or manufacturer of the EV.
Alongside state laws, you may have legal standing under federal laws. For example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) prohibits the sale of defective vehicles. If an EV is found to be defective under CPSIA, the manufacturer must recall the product and provide a refund or replacement.
What to Do After Being Injured by a Defective EV in Florida
Successfully claiming compensation in Florida following a defective EV accident relies on your actions immediately following the incident. If you were involved in an accident, you need to call the police, wait for them to arrive, and retain the incident number. You can also start collecting evidence by talking to witnesses and taking photos.
Whether your defective EV led to an accident or not, you must seek medical attention immediately after. It is also essential that you keep all records of any treatment to do with the catastrophic injury because we will need this to win your case.
Your next task is to contact our law firm so we can begin our investigation and decide on appropriate strategies. We will even talk to insurance companies and other parties on your behalf and take the case to court if need be. We have offices in 32 locations across 19 states including Florida, Illinois, and Georgia, so there is likely to be one near you.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a defective electric vehicle in Florida, call now for a free consultation on (888) 477-0597.