Dangers of Electric Vehicle Fires
The electric motor vehicle:
The car industry has made significant advances in technology in cars and models. GPS navigation is a choice and is standard for some models. Some cars have self-driving, slowing or stopping features. The evolution is moving at light speed. But other models not on the market are entirely self-driving.
These newer autonomous vehicles are also electric/battery powered and don’t rely on gasoline. So they have little impact on the environment. Injury lawyers and others are seeing these new technologies blossoming into whole new industries.
There are many types of electric vehicles. Some are using autonomous technology heavily based on GPS. We have already seen cases where famous people were killed while riding in driverless cars like that. Electric vehicles require special safety training. So this is a new and exciting technology. But it requires specialized knowledge and practice. No matter what, electric vehicle technology is a burgeoning new industry.
Burgeoning Industry for Lawyers Tempered By Political Corruption Placing Consumers at Risk?
One would think this new car would create new jobs. Unfortunately, as with any new technology, there will be accidents and deaths caused due to faulty designs. Likely, also, there will be weak warnings, and wrong instructions. So the plaintiff’s bar is likely to see an increase in filings for manufacturing defect and strict products liability.
Defects usually exist because many electronic technologies are placed in the marketplace too early. In other words, products are put out there without adequate testing or warnings to consumers, or end users. Many of the products can prove themselves to be dangerous to end users. But the government is behind hybrid and electric cars.
Since they allegedly don’t harm the environment or use fossil fuels, it fits in with the global warming taxing scheme agenda. The U.S. government is helping to put at least one million electronic vehicles on the roads. So due to this cooperation between industry and state, count on courts and the political systems to make bringing tort cases like this difficult.
- What Can Lawyers Do To Force Electric Vehicle Safety?
The plaintiff’s bar needs to push for legislation banning donations or campaign money by any industry seeking government favors. Examples could include a politician asking industry to donate money to a charitable foundation the politician runs.
Then the politician can put pressure on administrative agencies, and politically connected friends. You see, this is how they get granted that tax break, make a grant or loan. Whatever it may be, it stinks. Whenever the government interferes with free markets, they place consumers at risk.
What are Some Technology Problems?
New technology often has problems in the beginning, and vehicle advances are no different. Things can go wrong even after the cars are on the market. Electronic vehicles depend on lithium-ion batteries to run, which can fail. They can fail due to dampness, water, and crashes.
Damage or dampness causes them to burst into flames and burn at a high temperature. A stark warning is coming from many Los Angeles car accident lawyers that anyone near or inside of the vehicle is in danger of severe harm or death.
- Batteries, Fires, Testing, testing, and more testing
Before cars get put on the market, they undergo testing for design and safety. The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle was used in a safety crash test. And this was done to determine the level of protection the car provides for people inside.
Batteries and Combustible Chemicals
There are cases of batteries unexpectedly catching fire. A car left unattended can even become engulfed in flames. There is even a danger after a minor collision with an electric vehicle. This danger exists even when the automakers designed and built the batteries to be safe.
Contrast this with gas-powered cars. Incredibly, this is not a danger with regular gasoline cars or trucks. Despite the flammability and explosiveness of gas, there is no fire in practically any gas-powered car accident.
The reason the batteries pose a danger is that they have flammable chemicals. Chemicals that have extremely flammable contents are in the batteries. When the cells ignite they burn at a high temperature. The temperatures reach about 840 °F degrees.
Damage, punctures, moisture from the air or humidity can cause fires. Also, any amount of water can cause batteries to ignite. The volatile ignition and high fire temperature can be dangerous or deadly.
Need Technology Accident Help?
Electronic battery design no matter how safe can have problems. Nothing is 100% percent infallible. And battery fires are rare. But they can happen, causing severe injury or death. So if you or a loved one has suffered harm or lost a loved one due to an electric car crash or battery fire, you may have a claim.
The claim may be against the automaker, battery manufacturer or another party. Contact our lawyers for a free consultation to learn about your rights. We will fight for the settlement or court award for your losses and harm you suffered.
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