Tesla Auto Accident Injury Lawyers
Tesla, Inc. is an auto and clean energy company. The company was founded back in 2003 in San Carlos, California. Since then, the company has relocated. It is currently headquartered in Austin, Texas. Tesla has been manufacturing autos since 2009 (the first model was the Roadster). Over the years, Tesla has introduced different models. Today, it is very common to a see Tesla’s on the road as more and more people purchase them.
Like all other car accidents, car accidents involving Tesla autos can happen at any time. In fact, the company has been scrutinized in the past due to some of the features in their vehicles and how easy it is to said features to be abused, potentially leading to incidents.
Were you injured in an auto accident involving a Tesla? If so, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible to explore your legal options. You could have grounds to file a lawsuit. In fact, you could even file a lawsuit against Tesla Insurance based on the details surrounding the incident (i.e., if the Tesla auto was covered by Tesla insurance). For more information about the legal options available to you, contact our experts immediately.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our injury attorneys are more than ready to take on your claim and help you win. The lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group have decades of experience in personal injury law. Our lawyers have successfully handled countless accident claims against many different insurance companies and have helped our clients sue for their injuries and recover the compensation that they are owed. If you are ready to speak with our experts here at our firm, contact us today.
Information on Tesla Accidents
Tesla releases accident data quarterly. The latest accident data available is from Quarter 4 of 2021 is reviewed below:
- There was one crash for every 4.31 million miles driven using Tesla’s Autopilot technology.
- There was one crash for every 1.59 million miles driven not using the Autopilot feature.
In the same data, Tesla highlights that the NHTSA states that, in the U.S., there is one crash every 484,000 miles. Based on these numbers alone, accidents involving Tesla’s are rare. However, it is important to note that these numbers can be misleading – considering that the difference in number of Tesla autos on the road versus autos from other manufacturers on the road is stark. For example, in 2020, there were over 200,000 Tesla autos on the road in comparison to over 280 million other autos on the road.
Although Tesla incidents might occur at a much lower rate than incidents involving other types of vehicles, the incidents are still possible and should be taken seriously.
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Some Common Causes of Tesla Auto Accidents
Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Some of the common causes of auto accidents are listed below:
- Reckless driving (including driving fatigued, falling asleep behind the wheel, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, ignoring traffic signals, speeding, etc.)
- Auto defects (some possibly defects present in Tesla autos include software issues, mechanical malfunctions, brake issues, etc.)
- Dangerous road conditions (including poorly lit intersections, defective traffic lights, etc)
No matter the cause of the incident, all of the parties involved can potentially sustain injuries.
Common Car Crash Injuries
All car accidents, including accidents involving Tesla autos, can lead to a number of injuries, some of which can be significant. Some of the most common injuries resulting from auto accidents are listed below:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Punctured organs
- Road rash
- Scrapes and bruises
Without a doubt, some of these injuries appear to be only minor – in fact, many people involved in auto accidents are lucky enough to only suffer very minor injuries if any at all. However, car accident injuries can certainly be significant and require extensive medical treatment. Some injuries can even cause temporary or permanent disability. In severe cases, car accident injuries can be fatal. No matter of the injuries that you or a loved one sustained in an accident involving a Tesla auto, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible; our auto accident lawyers can help you understand your legal options after your accident.
Liability – Is Tesla Liable for Accidents?
Who is liable for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in an accident involving a Tesla? Well, liability for car accidents, no matter the type of vehicles involved is based on the details surrounding the incident. Specifically, the cause of the incident. For instance, if a negligent driver, a negligent transportation agency, or a negligent auto manufacturer cause or contribute to the accident, then they could be liable. Liability is based on the duty of care that these parties/entities owe to others (whether its other parties on the road, consumers, etc.). When these parties/entities breach their duty of care and an accident occurs, they can be sued.
So, is Tesla liable for accidents involving their autos? Generally, auto manufacturers do not have any liability for accidents if the accidents occurred due to the negligence of a driver or another entity. The only situation in which an auto manufacturer would be liable would be if a defect present in the auto directly caused the incident. However, there is a special circumstance that would make Tesla liable – only if the Tesla was covered by the Tesla Insurance coverage offered by the company. Tesla would be liable just like any other insurance company would be liable.
More information regarding Tesla’s insurance is discussed below.
About Tesla Auto Accident Insurance
Tesla offers their own insurance coverage. A lot of drivers have Tesla auto insurance. When Tesla owners purchase Tesla Insurance, they can make insurance payments, file claims, change their policies, and do essentially anything in regard to their policy on their phone directly through the Tesla app – which any Tesla driver will tell you that they use all the time. So for some, choosing Tesla Insurance is a no brainer.
Tesla’s insurance is offered through Crawford and Son’s (also known as Crawford). These insurance policies generally have coverage of $250,000 or more. If you were injured in an accident involving a Tesla, you could file a claim against the insurance company and potentially be awarded a significant settlement from Tesla. Of course, it will all depend on the details surrounding the incident (i.e., the injuries that you suffered) and the policy limit that applies.
How to File a Claim with Tesla Auto Insurance and Other Common Questions
Below we will address some of the most common questions that you might have after being involved in an accident with a Tesla auto:
How do I file a claim with them? What is the auto accident claims process for Tesla Insurance or Crawford? How can I file my injury claims with Tesla Insurance? The claim process is similar to that of any other insurance company. If you are the owner of the Tesla involved in the accident, things will be easier of course. You will be able to file your claim through the Tesla app. If you are not the Tesla owner, then you will have to submit your claim another way. Once you exchange information with the Tesla driver, you will get access to the number to call or website to visit to start your claims process. If you are unsure of how to proceed, the best option is to find a lawyer. Many people have trouble dealing with insurance companies as they refuse to take claimants seriously. Do not hesitate to look for a lawyer.
Do they cover hospital costs? Can I receive a Tesla Insurance Medical Payment? Just like any other insurance company, Tesla insurance does cover medical costs. Therefore, if you went to urgent care or had an ER visit after an accident, these ER or urgent care costs could be completely covered. If you paid these costs out of your own pocket, then you could certainly be reimbursed.
I was rear ended by a Tesla that has a Tesla Insurance Policy. Will I be covered? Rear-end car accidents are among the most common types of accidents. If the Tesla driver rear-ended your vehicle, and the driver has a valid policy with Tesla Insurance, then your accident will likely be covered.
I was hit by a Tesla that has Tesla Insurance. Will my accident be covered? If you were hit in any type of auto collision (head-on, t-bone, etc.) or even if you were struck as a pedestrian crossing the street, your accident could be covered by the Tesla insurance. For more information about whether your accident can be covered, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Will Tesla UM/UIM coverage apply to my accident claim? If the at-fault party was uninsured or underinsured, you could be covered by your Tesla insurance policy. You will need to review your policy to confirm.
Do they have coverage through Tesla? You should never assume that all Tesla drivers have coverage with Tesla insurance, as they all have the option to find coverage elsewhere. If they are insured through another insurance company, you would need to file your claim with that insurance company instead of with Tesla.
If you have any other questions after being injured in a car accident involving a Tesla vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. We are ready to answer absolutely all of your questions.
Your Right to be Compensated
Depending on the details surrounding your accident claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
For more information about the different categories of compensation that could be available for recovery, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer with experience in Tesla auto accidents as soon as possible. Our lawyers can help you better understand what you could be compensated for.
Average Value of Auto Accident Claim against Tesla Insurance – How much do they payout?
How much are these claims typically worth? How much do they payout for accident injury claims? These are very common questions. As mentioned above, Tesla Insurance policies are typically $250,000 and higher. However, this policy amount does not determine the payout that you will receive. There are many details that come into play when determining the value of any accident claim, Tesla accident claims are no exceptions. Some of the most important details include the injuries resulting from the incident.
Although average values can certainly be misleading, it is possible to estimate case values based on the severity of the injuries suffered in the accident. For example, claims with only minor injuries are normally on the lowest side of the value scale. These claims are typically worth under $150,000. Claims with moderate injuries can be worth around $350,000 to $400,000. Claims with severe injuries can be worth around $750,000. In cases with very severe injuries, claims can be worth $1 million or more.
If you have questions about the value of your claim, the best thing that you can do is to discuss your claim with a lawyer. A lawyer with experience that handles cases against Tesla auto accident insurance coverage can help you better understand what your claim could be worth.
Time to Settle against Tesla Insurance
How long does it take to settle a case against Tesla? It can take anywhere from a few months to settle an auto accident claim with any insurance company. There are many factors that can affect the time that it takes to settle a case. In general, when things run smoothly from start to finish, a case can settle in as little as six months. However, even minor things like missed calls or delayed responses can hinder the process; these minor issues can result in a case settling in eight months, for instance. As other complications arise, the time that it takes to settle will be extended. Moderate issues can cause claims to take up to eighteen months to settle. Severe issues can cause claims to take two years or more to settle. Ultimately, it depends on the specific claim process.
Here at our law firm, we understand that waiting around for a settlement can be frustrating for all parties involved, so we are dedicated to reaching a fair settlement within a reasonable timeframe. We aim to settle our claims within six months, but we cannot guarantee that your claim will settle within this time.
Why is it taking so long to settle my case? If your case is taking too long to settle, it may be for a number of reasons. The most common reason that claims take long to settle is due to complications with the insurance company. Your legal team has to work through these complications and resolve them to move forward with the settlement process and eventually reach the settlement. Another possible reason is that your legal team is incompetent and not up to the task of handling your claim. If this is the case, switching lawyers is always an option.
Recommended Steps to take after a Car Accident
After any car accident, there are a number of things that affected parties must do to essentially prepare to file an insurance claim or eventually sue the at-fault driver. These recommended actions are listed below:
- Photograph your injuries
- Photograph the scene of the accident (including all property damage)
- Contact the local authorities and file a police report
- Gather the contact and insurance information of all other parties involved
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- Seek medical care for your injuries and collect all relevant medical records
- Gather records of lost income
- Seek legal assistance with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible
The Statute of Limitations
Your Tesla auto accident claim is subject to a statute of limitations, or a deadline to sue. If you do not file your claim within the time that is allowed, then you could lose your right to sue entirely. In the state of California, injury claims, like those arising from auto accidents, are normally subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you will only have two years to file your lawsuit. Of course, it is possible for certain exceptions to apply, which could give you more time to file your lawsuit. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your auto accident claim against Tesla, contact us today.
Get Legal Help with the Downtown L.A. Law Group
If you were injured in a Tesla accident and have questions about how to file against Tesla’s insurance, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers here at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to help you every step of the way and help you recover the settlement that you are owed. Our lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group have decades of experience handing auto accident claims against insurance companies. We are dedicated to helping our clients sue insurance companies and recover the settlement that they are owed. If you would like to learn more about your legal options, contact us immediately. Our Tesla auto accident experts are ready to guide you along the way.
We offer free legal services to all parties affected by Tesla auto accidents. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and give you all the information that you need to either begin or continue your lawsuit against Tesla. If you are interested in exploring your legal options, contact us at your earliest convenience. We are ready to help you!
Here at our firm, we are proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will never have to worry about having to pay any upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, because we work on a strict contingency structure, our clients will never be responsible for paying legal costs until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not pay anything.
If you are ready to speak with our attorneys, contact us today.