Hybrid cars are automobiles that use a combination of fuel power with electrical engine power. Hybrid car accidents can occur in the same manner as normal fuel-powered car accidents. However, they may present various safety concerns in a collision due to the electrical components. Some issues that may be of concern in a hybrid car accident include:
- Electronic/Computer malfunctions
- Electric shock
The last point–that of electric shock–is one of the more prominent concerns. Hybrid vehicles have a high-voltage battery in them; in an accident, this can cause the frame of the car to be highly electrically charged, placing the driver or passengers in danger. This is a major concern, especially if any persons are trapped in the vehicle. Rescue personnel can also be in danger of electric shock as well in such situations.
These concerns can also apply (perhaps even more) to fully electric vehicles, and not just hybrid cars.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Hybrid Car Accident or Injury?
Various parties can be held liable for a hybrid car accident or hybrid car fire. In many respects, liability for the accident may be determined in the same way as a regular car accident. For instance, if one driver was driving negligently, they may be held liable for the injuries and property damage sustained by the other party.
However, other injuries can be attributed to other parties. For example, a hybrid car injury may be traced to a product defect (especially design defects). This has been the case for many hybrid and electric car fires where the car engine spontaneously combusts on account of a defect. In such cases, the auto manufacturer may be held liable for injuries resulting from the defect.
Are There any Legal Remedies Available for a Hybrid Car Accident?
Legal remedies for a hybrid car accident typically involve some sort of damages award for the liable party. In most cases, these will be sufficient to cover expenses such as medical costs, property damages, and other related losses such as lost wages (if the person has missed work due to the incident). Calculation of damages depends on various factors, including the seriousness of the injury, whether there were any prior existing injuries, and any limitations based on state damages laws.
In cases involving manufacturer defects, remedies can also include a product recall as well. Also, such cases may also result in class action lawsuits if many consumers are affected by the defect.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Hybrid Car Accident Claim?
Hybrid car accidents can present additional dangers and potential for injury not found in standard car accidents. These can result in serious injuries and in some cases, wrongful death claims. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need legal representation or guidance for a claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal research and can help answer any questions you might have during the legal process. Injury laws can vary from state to state, but your attorney can provide you with the information and representation you need for your case.