Why Electric Car Accidents Can Be Much More Dangerous

Posted on: 30 July 2020


If you are involved in an accident while driving an electrical car, you might face challenges that are different from a driver operating a gas-powered car. While a car accident involving an electric car can occur in the same manner as an accident involving gas-powered cars, there are additional safety concerns that may lead to injuries. If you are not responsible for the crash, your next step is to speak to an auto accident attorney about how you can seek compensation for your injuries.

Additional Hazards with Electric Cars

Electric cars are more likely to catch on fire due to the complicated battery system causing spontaneous fires. You are more likely to suffer from an electric shock because, after an accident, the rechargeable battery can cause the car to become energized. You are also more likely to be exposed to hazardous chemicals during the accident because the damaged batteries can leak.

Additionally, you have all of the other problems that can occur during an accident including whiplash injuries, broken bones, head, neck, and back injuries. You will need help from an auto accident attorney to determine who is liable for the accident.

Other Parties Might Be Liable

The individual causing the crash will share some responsibility as always. The manufacturer of the electric car may also be responsible if there was a defect in your electric car that contributed to your injuries. Some electric cars have caught on fire due to a battery spontaneously combusting outside of an accident. This is even more likely during the accident.

Depending on the state you are in, your auto accident attorney must assist you in filing claims against multiple parties. Your attorney will help you argue for how much blame each party holds so you can seek settlements from the relevant insurance providers. Each party may seek to limit their liability and offer you a settlement that is much lower than you deserve.

Damages Suffered from Electric Car Accidents

The damages you suffered will be calculated based on the extent of your injuries and whether you had a pre-existing condition. You may need treatment for your burn injuries and you may also require a skin graft. If you suffer any head or back injuries you may be disabled and require expensive medical treatment. You may also need compensation for lost wages and lost future earnings on top of the long-term medical care you need.

To learn more about auto accidents, contact a lawyer near you.