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Tesla Engulfed in Flames During Fatal Crash, Continues to Catch Fire at Tow Yard

A Tesla battery-powered car caught of fire after a fatal crash in Davie, Florida. Reports say the vehicle has repeatedly caught fire after being transported to a tow yard.

Details of the Fiery Florida Crash

The Sun Sentinel reports that Sunday evening, a Tesla battery-powered car crashed and caught fire, burning the driver to death.

The 2016 Tesla Model S was driving northbound near S. Flamingo Road before 4:30 pm. Police report the vehicle left the roadway for reasons unknown. The vehicle swerved through traffic, when it hit some trees and burst into flames, killing the driver, Omar Awan.

The car was consumed by the fire, and police could not extract the driver.

The car’s battery pack is small, but because it was still powered it continued catching fire.

Tesla has been attempting to make certain changes to prevent this from happening and has given instructions on how to deal with their battery packs to local police departments

U.S. Car Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

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 firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — 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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