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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Car Accident on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Tesla Crashes Killing Two Teenagers, NTSB Investigates

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it is to launch an investigation into a Tesla car accident, which killed two teenagers in Florida recently. On Tuesday May 8, the Tesla Model S collided with a concrete wall, bursting into flames and killing two teenagers, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A third teenager was ejected from the car and is currently receiving medical treatment in hospital. The speed at which the car was travelling is believed to be the primary cause of the fatal car accident, with the investigation focusing on the fact that the car’s battery caught flame upon impact.

The autopilot technology used in Tesla Model S’s is not believed to have contributed to the collision.

Common Causes of Los Angeles Car Accidents

Los Angeles comes in third in terms of numbers of car accidents per city in California, and second only to Berkeley for instances of speeding. Speed is one of the most common causes of car accidents – perhaps unsurprisingly – although it is far from being the primary overall cause. Through years of successfully handling Los Angeles car accident cases, the expert attorneys from Kristensen Weisberg LLP regularly encounter collisions, and severe injuries, resulting from:

    Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Distracted driving, with cellphones proving to be the most common source of distraction
  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Reckless or aggressive driving, also known as road rage
  • Disregarding traffic lights or other signage
  • Running red lights
  • Unfavorable road conditions
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to follow proper turning procedures
  • Tailgating, or driving too close to the vehicle in front
  • Driving the wrong way along a stretch oliroad
  • Fatigued driving, most commonly affecting truck drivers who have exceeded their allowable driving hours

What You Should Do After a Los Angeles Car Accident

When you have been involved in a car accident, it is likely that you will feel at least slightly confused and unsure how you should act. The following list, compiled by our Los Angeles car accident lawyer, can be used as a checklist, should you need it.

  • Check yourself, your passengers, and the occupants of other vehicles for injuries, if you are able, and it is safe to do so
  • Dial 911 and inform emergency services of the accident, advising of any serious injuries
  • Move away from the vehicles, if you can, and it is safe to do so
  • Ask for a detailed police report to be written, as this can be used in any claim you decide to file
  • Make note of all details of the incident, even those which seem minor. Do not rely on your memory, as you will soon start to forget information which could be central to your case. Instead, write notes, and take photographs of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the scene of the Los Angeles car accident
  • Get the names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance details of other motorists
  • Request contact details from witnesses, if any are present
  • Contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney to handle your case
  • Do not provide a statement to anyone other than the police, until you have consulted your Los Angeles car accident attorney

Injured in a Traffic Accident? Speak to a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Today

When you are unable to work due to the injuries you sustained in a car accident, your chances of recovering maximum monetary damages can be significantly increased when you instruct an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney to handle your case. Schedule your case evaluation by calling us on 310-984-1297.