Federal Agencies Investigating Two Fatal Tesla Accidents in Florida
DELRAY BEACH, FL. – According to a news report posted online by latimes.com, federal safety agencies are investigating the two recent fatal Tesla accidents that have occurred in Florida. One happened on March 1, and the other happened on February 24.*
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the March 1stcollision, which took place in Delray Beach, Florida, and involved a Tesla Model 3. The Tesla driver reportedly drove under a 2019 International LT truck, which removed the roof of the Tesla. The driver was killed. Authorities who have been investigating the crash say that the truck turned left into the path of the Tesla.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating this crash, and it said that it was opening an investigation into the February 24thTesla crash, as well. In this crash, the driver of a Tesla Model S ran off the road and hit a tree in Davie, Florida, after which the Tesla caught on fire. Witnesses reportedly told authorities that the vehicle’s door handles did not deploy, and the air bags did not deflate, so they could not save the driver. The driver was killed in the accident.
It is not clear if the drivers of either Tesla were using their vehicles’ Autopilot features, which allow the vehicles to drive semi-autonomously. Federal agencies have investigated several accidents involving Teslas and the use of Autopilot, for which Tesla has blamed the drivers’ improper use of the technology.
Additional information about these recent Florida accidents should follow when the agencies release their preliminary reports.
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