Despite the scary headlines that vie for your clicks, electric cars are generally very safe, at least as safe as conventional cars. All new products have a few glitches, though, and unfortunately, sometimes they do not get worked out until after the products are commercially available and after some accidents have happened. People who get injured as a result of the malfunction or harmful effect of a commercial product have the option of filing a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product. Injured plaintiffs have won product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers of all kinds of products, from prescription drugs to toys to cars. There is no typical plaintiff in a product liability case; they can be anyone, even celebrities. If you have suffered injuries because of a defective product, contact a Florida product liability lawyer.
Mena Massoud Files Product Liability Suit Against Tesla
Mena Massoud has gotten a lot of publicity recently, and so has Tesla, but not together, until now. The former plays the title character in Disney’s new live-action movie Aladdin, and the latter manufactures the first commercially successful electric car. In September 2018, Massoud purchased a Tesla Model 3 in South Florida. The day after he bought the car, he was driving on Hollywood Boulevard, and the front right wheel collapsed and detached from the car while Massoud was changing lanes. He was unable to control the car without its wheel, and it collided with a tree. Massoud recovered from his injuries that resulted from the accident, but the car was totaled.
Many people who have driven Tesla cars complain about their fragile wheels, and Massoud’s accident seems to support their arguments. According to TMZ, Massoud has filed a product liability lawsuit against Tesla, claiming that the cause of the accident were flaws in the car’s design and manufacturing. His is the third highly accident involving a Tesla Model 3. In another accident, a 50-year-old man was killed when his car collided with a semitrailer; the crash knocked the roof off of the Tesla. Other accidents have involved the car’s sophisticated cruise control system, which some consumers describe as “autopilot.”
When Is an Accident the Car’s Fault?
It seems clear in Massoud’s case that the single-car accident was because the wheel spontaneously came off of the car. Massoud was driving the car normally, and the car was new, so Massoud cannot be held responsible for failing to maintain the car. If you get injured because someone else’s car malfunctions, you might have grounds for a lawsuit against the other driver or against the car manufacturer. A personal injury lawyer can help you decide whether a product liability lawsuit is appropriate.
Reach Out to Us Today for Professional Assistance
Sometimes the party in a car accident is not the driver but the manufacturer of the car. If you have been injured by a faulty car or other faulty product, you might have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Contact Palm Beach County products liability lawyers at Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers for a consultation.