How Are EV Accidents Different?
Electric vehicles present unique challenges in the event of an accident. Unlike gasoline cars, EVs are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These batteries can burn if damaged during a collision or crash. Since lithium batteries burn longer than gas vehicles, any EV-related fire can cause severe injuries to drivers, passengers, and first responders. Electric vehicles are also heavier than gasoline cars and will have more impact during accidents. That’s why government agencies are educating consumers about EV maintenance and improving safety measures.
What to Do When in an Electric Vehicle Accident
The following steps can help protect you during an EV accident and prepare you better for the insurance claim process:
- Switch off the vehicle and move away from it.
- Call a doctor or ambulance if you don’t feel well.
- Notify the police and insurance agency as soon as possible.
- Document all the information and record witness statements if possible.
- Call your lawyer if you need more help.
When to Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer
Safety should be your top priority after an EV accident. If you can move, get yourself and your loved ones out of the car. It’s also best to seek medical help if you’re injured. After that, you can contact a personal injury lawyer. An excellent lawyer will fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. They can also help you determine whether the manufacturer or another party was at fault.
How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
A personal injury lawyer can be the difference between receiving fair compensation and being left with significant financial burdens. Here are some things they can help with:
1. Investigate the Accident: An injury lawyer will gather information about the accident, including interviewing witnesses, obtaining police reports, and reviewing available video footage or photos.
2. Assess Damages: The lawyer will evaluate the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that may have resulted from the accident.
3. Negotiate Better: When you’re injured, your focus should be on getting better. Your lawyer will use their knowledge to help negotiate the best possible settlement with the insurance company and third parties.
4. File a Lawsuit: If necessary, the lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
With the rise in electric vehicles in Chicago, a good foundational understanding of how to deal with an EV-related accident is becoming ever more essential. If you or your loved ones have been recently injured in an accident, call Sherwood Law Group’s personal injury lawyers to get the settlement you deserve.