Having to worry about whether or not a product we buy will cause us or our families harm is the stuff of nightmares. Consumers are almost always caught off guard by a defective product. The California wrongful death attorneys at Mancini & Associates are always ready to help families of those who have been killed due to defective products. Today, we want to talk about a case that has been in the news plenty over the last few years in which a Tesla slammed into the back of a firetruck.
If you have watched the news recently, you may have seen multiple stories about Tesla’s autopilot. It has shown up in recent wrongful death cases that have been filed. It has also made the news concerning drivers falling asleep behind the wheel of their vehicle while moving down the highway.
A government report about a Tesla slamming into the back of a fire truck in Culver City was just released. The incident happened last year on the 405 Freeway, and the driver of the Tesla was using the Autopilot system. A vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes, and he did not have time to react to the parked firetruck.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the driver did not see the parked firetruck and did not brake the vehicle. The NTSB says that the man’s Tesla also failed to brake.
This report is interesting because it calls into question the effectiveness of Tesla’s Autopilot system. However, Tesla has specifically warned drivers that their system is not fully autonomous. The company says that drivers who use Autopilot must be ready to intervene at all times.
In this case, the driver of the Tesla lived. However, two other similar crashes in Florida and Silicon Valley saw different results. Both drivers in those cases died.
Wrongful death cases can be brought by surviving family members of those who have been killed due to the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another individual, company, or entity. We commonly see them as a result of:
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, company, or entity, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Mancini & Associates, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We want to secure the compensation your family needs, including: