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Product Liability and Car Accident Lawsuits

If you get injured in a car accident, you can usually get the money you need to cover your accident-related medical bills by filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance, even though you might need the help of a car accident lawyer to negotiate a fair settlement. People only file personal injury lawsuits when their medical bills exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits.

In fact, suing the at-fault driver is often a dead end because most people do not have enough money to pay someone else’s medical bills for a severe injury, even if a court orders them to pay. The driver is not always the one responsible for the crash, though, and sometimes, other parties can be partially responsible, even if the driver bears some of the fault. If the accident is the result of a vehicle malfunction, you may have a case against the manufacturer of the car or the defective part. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective auto part, contact a New York car accident lawyer.

Wife of Man Who Died in Single-Vehicle Crash Sues Tesla

Jyung Woo Hahn died in a single-vehicle collision on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County when his Tesla veered off the road and collided with a tree. He was 46 years old. Hahn’s wife, Jiyoung Yoon, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla Model 3, citing product liability. Yoon claims that a malfunction of the car caused Hahn to lose control of the vehicle, leading to the crash. Furthermore, she claims that Hahn’s death was caused not by the impact of the collision but by a fire caused by the car’s lithium-ion battery. According to Yoon’s lawsuit, if the car’s battery had not burst into flames, first responders would have easily been able to extract Hahn from the vehicle and attend to his injuries, which would have been survivable.

Yoon’s lawsuit is one of many lawsuits Tesla has faced regarding injuries and fatalities resulting from malfunctions of its electric vehicles. Plaintiffs in several states have crashed after their Tesla cars’ wheels have changed their orientation without input from the car’s steering system; in at least one accident, a Hollywood actor was driving a Tesla in Florida when a wheel spontaneously detached from the car. The most catastrophic accidents, though, have involved fires and explosions related to the cars’ lithium-ion batteries. When a lithium-ion battery ruptures, it releases highly flammable fumes, leading to a difficult fire to extinguish.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda About Car Accidents Involving Product Liability

Vehicle manufacturers are legally responsible for accidents caused by defective car parts. A personal injury lawyer can help you if you suffered serious injuries after a defective part in your car or someone else’s car contributed to a collision. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.


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