DETROIT, Michigan. According to The Detroit News, experts suggest that Tesla may be found liable for its recent auto pilot crash. The deadly accident, which took place in Florida, has many experts questioning who should be blamed. The accident occurred when the Tesla auto pilot system failed to differentiate between the bright sky and a truck. Both the auto pilot system and the driver failed to hit the brakes in time.
Personal injury lawyers and some experts believe that Tesla may be found liable for the accident. Currently, Tesla is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some argue that Tesla failed to warm consumers about the possible limitations of its system. Tesla holds that it has properly warned consumers, reminding them to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. Tesla’s auto pilot system is distinct from other forms of automated systems in that it can take over for longer periods, while other systems will only correct a driver error for a few seconds at a time. Google, which is developing its own driverless car system, claims that drivers cannot be counted on to take over fast enough in the event of an accident. For this reasons, Google is seeking to release cars that are fully autonomous.
Regulators will also need to ask whether Tesla’s system is defective. Many believe that Tesla will face lawsuits in the future. It isn’t clear whether the lawsuits will go after Tesla for failing to warn users about the car’s limitations or whether the lawsuits will pursue Tesla for releasing a defective product to the public.
In the meantime, the SEC is currently investigating Tesla to see whether Tesla should have disclosed its fatal accident to stockholders sooner. According to the New York Times, car makers generally don’t report accidents to stockholders, but this may be a unique case. Tesla’s auto pilot technology is a major selling point because currently, no other vehicles on the road have a system quite like it.
Experts and lawyers alike are looking closely at this case. NHTSA’s ruling could affect policy and law for driverless cars in the years to come. Until then, personal injury attorneys like Christopher Trainor & Associates in Detroit, are closely monitoring the situation.
Several major automakers announced that they would be releasing their own form of driverless technology and autopilot in 2017. GM will release a car with hands-free capabilities in 2017, and BMW will release a car with lane-keeping technology this October.
In the months and years to come, cars will come equipped with more hands-free features. When these systems work well, they can lead to safer roads. However, when the systems fail, the consequences can be disastrous. As its stands, individuals are required to keep their hands on the wheel and their focus on the road, regardless of their car’s technology. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you have important rights and can seek compensation from the other negligent driver. Visit http://www.michiganlegalcenter.com to learn more about your rights.