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Updates on a Tesla Tragedy and the Wide Variety of Product Liability Lawsuits


Local 10 News recently reported that the final report has been released on the fiery Tesla crash that killed two teenagers in Fort Lauderdale in 2018. The report confirms earlier suspicions that the vehicle’s crash-damaged lithium-ion battery contributed to the severity of the injuries the young crash victims suffered in the post-crash fire. Therefore, investigators have asserted that the electric vehicle’s design shares some of the blame in the fatal crash that happened in May 2018.

The report also suggests that the teen driver’s father had the Tesla dealership put the car into loaner mode, which restricted the car’s maximum speed to 85 mph, in March of that year. In a tragic twist, the teen driver had the car returned to normal operating conditions without his father’s knowledge while the car was at the dealership the following month and the car was traveling at 116 mph moments before the crash. However, a toxicology report indicates that the young driver did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the accident and, sadly, the Tesla’s damaged battery ignited for a second time when it was being loaded onto a tow truck.

The Wide Variety of Product Liability Lawsuits

Unfortunately, accidents involving Teslas are only one example of the kind of tragedies that can occur when a product defects. In fact, there are a variety of product liability-related repercussions that can lead to serious injuries or even death. These tragic circumstances can include scenarios such as:

  • Cars that are designed or manufactured incorrectly
  • Medical devices that are poorly designed such as implants and various types of surgical mesh
  • Chainsaws, lawn mowers and other commonly used household tools and equipment
  • Stoves, dryers, plumbing fixtures and other appliances
  • Exposure to toxins, chemicals, and medications

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

It is important to understand that time is of the essence if you have been injured due to what you suspect is a defective product. Florida law has a two-year statute of limitations for most accidents, and failure to file in that time may result in the loss of your right to file a lawsuit. Therefore, obtain competent legal assistance to help you take full advantage of the options you have under Florida law to hold the accountable party responsible as soon as you can.

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in an Accident Involving a Defective Product?

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a product’s manufacturing or design defect, due to a manufacturer’s failure to warn, or because of some other circumstance that you suspect is a product defect, it is imperative that you understand that you have every right to seek compensation for your injuries. As the South Florida defective product attorneys of Leifer & Ramirez, we understand how tragic the results of these kinds of circumstances can be and we are dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve if you have suffered injuries due to a product that was defective. We have decades of experience helping victims of other’s negligence and you can turn to us for help by simply reaching out today.


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