Environmental concerns and high gas prices make electric cars a desirable option. It is no wonder electric cars are becoming more and more popular in New York and across the United States. If you have been injured in an accident involving an electric car, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. Our Syracuse auto accident attorneys will examine the facts of your case and help you explore your legal options.
Tesla Model 3 Earns a Perfect Safety Rating
The Tesla Model 3 earned a perfect 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) assessment. The rear-wheel drive version of the car got perfect marks for front and side impact protection and rollover prevention. NHTSA also noted that the vehicle comes with a full suite of electronic safety aids, including crash warning, automatic emergency brakes and land departure warning, though none of these features were used during the crash tests. The Model 3 follows in the footsteps of the Tesla’s Model S and Model X, both of which also received five-star ratings in the past.
Liability for Electric Car Accidents
With innovations made by companies like Tesla, we are seeing a rapid rise in the number of electric cars on the road. Many of these vehicles have self-driving features that can be very appealing, but, because they are so new, they can also have glitches that can lead to a serious accident. Of course, pinpointing the cause of an accident can be complicated.
If you believe that you have been injured in an accident caused by something malfunctioning in an electric car, you may be able to recover compensation through a products liability lawsuit. A products liability claim essentially asserts that you were sold a defective or faulty product that was a direct and proximate cause of your injuries. Car manufacturers and retailers have an obligation to put safe vehicles into the stream of commerce. As such, when these parties put hazardous products into the hands of the public, they can be liable for any resulting harm.
Statute of Limitations in New York Auto Accident Cases
In New York, injured parties have a limited time to file their personal injury claims in civil court. This time frame is known as the statute of limitations. Under state law, the plaintiff has three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Failure to file your claim within this time frame could mean losing your right to compensation altogether. This is why it is imperative to hire an attorney who understands how these legal deadlines apply in your case.
Skilled Syracuse Injury Attorneys
Electric car accidents can lead to devastating injuries. If you were injured in an accident involving an electric vehicle, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned Syracuse car accident attorneys are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can rest assured that we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. For help with accidents and injuries, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online for your free consultation.
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