Family Files Lawsuit in Florida Against Tesla for Death of Driver Using Autopilot
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news report posted at abcnews.go.com, a family has filed a lawsuit in Florida against automaker Tesla stemming from the death of a driver who was using the vehicle system Autopilot. The lawsuit alleges that the semi-autonomous driving system is defective.*
The accident at the heart of the lawsuit happened in March 2019, when a 50-year-old man was driving a Tesla Model 3 on a highway in Florida. According to information from the National Transportation Safety Board, the man turned on the Autopilot feature, which allowed the vehicle to drive itself, and 10 seconds later, he crashed into a tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer had crossed into the path of the Tesla, and neither the vehicle nor the man stopped or swerved to avoid the crash. ABC News reports that the collision caused the roof of the Tesla to be sheared off and resulted in the tragic death of the driver. The accident was similar to another that happened in 2016, in which a man was tragically killed when his Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer on the same highway. That man had also been using Autopilot.
The family members of the victim of the 2019 crash have now filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming that it knowingly outfitted its vehicles with an unsafe semi-autonomous driving system and led customers to believe that the system could be trusted to fully and safely operate the vehicles. The lawsuit says that the victim believed the technology in the Tesla Model 3 was safer than human drivers.
Tesla has responded to the lawsuit by saying the victim’s hands were not on the steering wheel during the seconds before the crash, which runs counter to Autopilot’s intended use. The company claims that when used appropriately, its technology does make Tesla vehicles safer.
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