Florida Woman Claims Tesla’s Autopilot Defective in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – According to an online news report published at cbs12.com, a Florida woman is claiming that the semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot from vehicle manufacturer Tesla is defective in a wrongful death lawsuit related to a crash that tragically killed her husband. The victim placed his vehicle in Autopilot mode and then collided with a semi-truck at close to 70 mph.*
The accident took place earlier in 2019, when a man was traveling on Highway 441 by Delray Beach, Florida, in a Tesla Model 3. He reportedly turned on the Autopilot feature in the car, and shortly thereafter, a semi-truck cut off the Tesla. No evasive movements or braking occurred in the vehicle, and the Tesla slammed into the truck while traveling 68mph. CBS 12 reports the Tesla driver tragically died in the crash.
The victim’s wife has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida, which says that Tesla’s semi-autonomous system Autopilot is defective and unreasonably dangerous. The suit alleges that the vehicle manufacturer gives consumers a false sense of security and leads them to believe that the system has capabilities beyond its actual design. The suit also alleges that the Autopilot design itself is defective.
In a statement released through her legal counsel, the woman said, “My family is devastated due to the untimely and unexpected death of a loving husband and father. It’s difficult to discuss and relive what happened to [him] at this time. Our family has faith in the legal system that justice will be done and those responsible for his death will be held accountable.”
Tesla has said it is “deeply saddened” by the accident but defends the safety of its vehicles and its Autopilot system. The company said that when drivers use Autopilot in the intended manner, it protects them from accidents, rather than causes accidents.
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