Electric cars are all the rage and that makes sense. They are new. They are cool. And with the high cost of gas they make economic sense for many people in the long run. And they are getting better and better every year.
I’m not an Elon Musk fan, so I’d never buy a Tesla, but I would like to buy one of the other great electric cars on the market some day. I’m not a huge “car guy” but do like the idea of buying something environmentally friendly. And the electric cars I’ve been in, including Teslas, are very cool.
What I never thought about Teslas until recently was how fast they are. I met an engineer for Rivian, which is an electric vehicle company focusing on trucks and SUV’s, who explained to me how these cars really work.
What he told me was that some versions of Tesla and Rivian are actually as fast or faster than pretty much any car on the road including Lamborghinis. The Model S Tesla can go zero to sixty in 2.07 seconds. That is really fast.
What we have started to see and will see more as more people take possession of the Teslas they’ve ordered is a lot of car accidents caused by people going at an excessive speed. I’ve seen teens driving these vehicles which makes sense because teens want cars that are cool and fun. I’m sure a lot of them like that the Tesla can make fart noises. But I question if they are truly prepared and trained to drive a car that can go so fast in such a short period of time.
Of course these cars can be driven safely, but high speed leads to many accidents. So while we’ve all heard about deaths and accidents from the self driving feature of Tesla, I think that the great majority of accidents where the Tesla driver is at fault will be due to excessive speed situations.
We’ve helped thousands of people who have been in car accidents. For someone who has a catastrophic injury such as death, brain damage, paralysis, etc., it may make sense to not only sue a negligent driver, but also to sue Tesla (or whoever the auto maker is for negligent product design.
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