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Parents of Florida Teen Killed in Tragic Crash Sue Tesla

The parents of the Florida teen killed last year after their Tesla Model S crashed and caught fire are now suing the company for a potentially dangerous battery pack.

About the Tesla Model S Accident

Last year, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt Martinez was in the passenger seat of a Tesla Model S during a May 8, 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale, which ended in tragedy.

Parents Esperanza Martinez de Monserratt and Edgar Monserratt filed a lawsuit Tuesday at Broward County Circuit Court in which they claimed the car’s battery poses some serious safety hazards. The lawsuit accuses Tesla of negligence and seeks damages upwards of $15,000.

The family’s attorney claimed the Tesla Model S had inadequate measures to prevent a post-collision fire and inadequate measure to contain a fire. Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries caught flames twice after firefighters attempted to put them out, and vehicles who use them tend to crash and burn quickly.

Tesla in Palo Alto, California, said in a statement  “Unfortunately, no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.”

Safe Teen Driving Tips and Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends parents set the “5 to drive” rules with their children: No cell phones while driving, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and no driving or riding without a seat belt.
  • Of the people killed in vehicles where restraint was applicable and was known in 2017, 40.1% were reported to be without restraint at the site of the fatal crash.
  • The NHTSA recommends practicing defensive driving for inexperienced drivers.
  • Picking a car with safety in mind is crucial.
  • Obeying the speed limit is vital and one of the biggest cause of teen accidents.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve. Our team of injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.


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