Tesla Driver Speeding Before Crash

Tesla Driver Speeding Before Crash

Tesla Model S Speeding Before Crash

Tesla Driver Speeding Before Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. On July 26, 2016, federal accident investigators said the man killed when his Tesla Model S crashed while in the self-driving mode was going 9 mph above the posted speed limit just before colliding with the side of a tractor-trailer. This information was released in a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Data Shows Tesla Driver Speeding Before Crash

Downloaded data obtained from the Tesla Model S indicated the vehicle was going  74 mph. The posted speed limit for that particular highway is 65 mph. It is a divided highway located in Williston, Florida in the vicinity of Gainesville.

Driver Using Cruise Control and Lane-Keeping Features

The Tesla Model S driver, Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old tech company owner from Ohio, was utilizing the sedan’s lane-keeping and cruise control features at the time, according to the report. These features are a part of the car’s Autopilot self-driving system. It was noted that the NTSB report failed to mention the Autopilot self-driving system.

It’s not just the NTSB investigating the Tesla crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also investigating the accident. The NHTSA has previously indicated that the Autopilot self-driving system was engaged.

Details of Crash

Sadly, the driver was killed when the roof of his Tesla struck the underside of a 53-foot semitrailer at a 90-degree angle. The impact sheared off the sedan’s roof prior to emerging out the other side of the semitrailer, a report indicated. The truck was making a left hand turn at the time of the incident.

Automatic Emergency Braking

The Tesla Model S was equipped with an automatic emergency braking system. NHTSA and Tesla have both previously said the Autopilot was unable to tell the difference between the white-colored side of the truck and the brightness of the sky. For this reason there was no attempt to brake by Brown or the self-driving system.

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, did not comment on the findings but said that the company will press forward with semi-autonomous driving systems, which can prevent accidents and injuries.

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  • The product or part was unreasonably hazardous;
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If you have been injured due to a defect in a product or part, make sure to retain all documents pertaining to your accident and injury, including product manuals, medical records, medical bills and photographs. Contact an experienced products liability lawyer for more information.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. If you or someone you hold dear has been seriously hurt or lost their life in a crash and you think it was due to an auto defect, please give me a call for free, friendly advice. I’ve been helping Northern California victims and their families recover compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims since 1982.

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