Tesla Self Driving Cars & Autopilot Lawsuit
Self Driving Cars - Tesla
Panic in the streets
Seems like every day that another batch of newspaper articles breathlessly informs us of the latest developments in the world of self-driving cars.
They’re coming sooner than you think!
They’ll cause a million accidents a day!
They’ll never pass muster with any government agency!
THEY’LL RUN US ALL DOWN!
As usual, the truth is a little more reasonable than any such claims.
Yes, self-driving cars are real, and, yes, some of them have had test runs on American streets.
No, they have not yet achieved full regulatory approval, though the U.S. House of Representatives did pass a bill on September 6, 2017, that lays down a first pass of the regulations that will oversee the deployment of self-driving cars on American roads.
No, you are unlikely to be mowed down in broad daylight by an autonomous vehicle.
But that doesn’t mean that these “cars of the future” haven’t already had some brushes with the law. And we can expect to see more of them.
What is Tesla’s Autopilot software?
Assuming the pole position in the race to develop autonomous vehicle technology has been the young, innovative car company Tesla.
Tesla’s fleet of electric vehicles are among the most technologically sophisticated machines ever to pull up to a stop sign. They’re entirely battery-powered, super-quiet, and are controlled by an integrated, fully functional onboard computer.
Tesla has “future-proofed” all of its vehicles made since 2015 by equipping their onboard computers with software that is aptly named Autopilot. Once self-driving cars achieve full regulatory approval, Autopilot, once enabled, will be the technology that provides the “auto” to these autos.
Autopilot allows certain Tesla vehicles to carry out “semi-automated” driving functions. Autopilot takes partial control of your Tesla by engaging cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors, and a digitally controlled electric braking system.
The company compares Autopilot to the software that controls airplanes, saying that the technology will not wrest control of the vehicles from their operators, but will provide drivers with “intuitive access” to the information that your Tesla will use to make its drive-time decisions.
As with any new technology, there will surely be a breaking-in period for Autopilot. During that time, it would be a surprise if we DIDN’T hear about accidents involving Tesla’s autonomous vehicles.
Autopilot and accidents
Already in these early days of Autopilot, several close calls and near-misses involving the software have been reported. There has also been one Autopilot-related fatality.
The fatality – which made national headlines – took place in Florida in 2016, and involved a Tesla Model S.
The accident that killed the Tesla driver occurred when the driver failed to notice a semi truck make a left turn in front of him when he was driving his Tesla on the highway. Autopilot failed to slow down the Tesla, which crashed into the side of the truck, killing the Tesla driver.
There are also many near-misses in which Autopilot has been implicated.
• In a 2015 incident in Oregon, a driver has to grab the wheel of his Tesla when Autopilot seems to “want” to re-enter the highway after the car gets off at an exit ramp.
• In an incident that you can watch on YouTube,
Autopilot nearly steers a vehicle into the path of an oncoming car.
• In this incident,
a Tesla seems to want to steer in the direction opposite of the direction in which the road is bending.
Search YouTube for “Tesla Autopilot accident” if you want to see more. The videos are as fascinating as they are terrifying
Why file a Tesla Autopilot Lawsuit?
If you’ve been injured, or a loved one has been injured or killed, in an accident in which the Autopilot software on a Tesla vehicle was involved, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit.
At TheLawFirm.com, we strongly believe that automobile manufacturers have an obligation to make and sell vehicles that are maximally safe.
In fact, that’s not just our opinion. That’s the law.
Since the law is still somewhat unclear in its approach to self-driving cars, it is entirely possible to obtain financial compensation in the event of an Autopilot accident. In fact, it is entirely possible to set new legal precedent with such a suit.
A lawsuit can help you recover compensation for:
• medical expenses
• damage to your vehicle, and any other vehicles or property involved in the accident
• pain, suffering, and mental anguish
• loss of wages, and the loss of the ability to earn wages
An accident in a Tesla may not be your fault. It may be the “fault” of the car itself, and the Autopilot software that guides it. That means that you may not be liable for any damages, and in fact may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
We believe you have a right to safety when in a motor vehicle. If that right has been taken away from you by the computer that steered your car into an accident, call TheLawFirm.com today. We can help you win your case.
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