Tesla Accident puts Autopilot System in Question after It was reported that that the autopilot system was fully engaged when a Model 3 vehicle drove beneath a semitrailer in Florida, killing the driver of the Tesla.
Tesla’s autopilot system was engaged 10 seconds before the crash, and neither the system nor the driver stopped the vehicle, according to federal investigators. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 68 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The vehicle did not sense the driver’s hands on the wheel in the final 8 seconds.
The roof of the Tesla was blown off in the accident and the car finally stopped at a median about 1,600 feet from where it hit the semi-truck. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.
In 2016, another crash occurred under similar circumstances in Florida. In both instances, the driver was killed, and the roof of the Tesla was torn off. Neither report assigned blame on the driver or the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation by the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This fatal crash comes shortly after a California family sued Tesla for wrongful death and negligence, alleging a defective Autopilot system was to blame for the death of their loved one.
Currently, Tesla’s vehicles are being used by tens of thousands of people and more lives could be at risk. Automakers putting profits ahead of consumer safety is unacceptable. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective Tesla autopilot system, or any other type of automobile defect – you have legal rights. Auto manufactures have a duty to consumers to properly test these new technologies before they are put on the road. Failure to do so makes them liable for injuries or fatalities resulting from the same.
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