Traffic Accident Involving a Tesla Near Fairfield Results in a Fatality

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December 20, 2022
Edward Smith

Injury/Fatality Accident Involving Speeding Tesla on Interstate 80

A traffic accident close to Fairfield caused the death of one person and injured others. The accident occurred on Interstate 80 eastbound near Pittman Road at about 5:40 p.m. It was reported by a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that a Tesla sedan was speeding at a high rate and struck two vehicles and then overturned. 

One Person Killed and Numerous Injuries in Traffic Accident

Three injured patients were transported to a hospital. While the driver of the Tesla suffered major injuries in the traffic accident, a passenger in the car died from their trauma. The CHP said two additional people involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. An investigation is underway by the CHP into the multiple-vehicle accident.

Teslas: Are They Safe?

According to a recent report, 11 people were killed in traffic accidents during a four-month period from May through September that involved systems with automated driving. Ten of those deaths involved Teslas. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that they had been testing the Tesla autopilot systems following a rash of accidents involving parked trucks that carried warning signs and emergency vehicles. The study points out that some crashes may be due to driver inaction when the vehicle sends them a warning of an imminent crash while others may be caused by the vehicles’ use in limited capability areas. Sixteen accidents of this type were reported, with one fatality and numerous injuries.

Liability in an Accident Involving a Speeding Tesla

In the event of a traffic accident involving a Tesla that was speeding, liability for any resulting damages or injuries is determined based on state law and through the process of determining negligence. Generally, when a driver operates a vehicle at an excessive speed, they assume liability for any damage caused by their negligent action. Injured parties may file a personal injury claim, while a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by families that lost a loved one.

How a Lawyer Holds a Car Manufacturing Company Responsible in a Traffic Accident

When a person is injured in a traffic accident caused by a defective car, it falls on the auto manufacturer to pay for the damages. A lawyer can help hold them responsible and get you the compensation you need.

One of the most important steps in taking legal action against a car manufacturing company is filing an injury or product liability claim. To do this, the lawyer will need to investigate your case and review any evidence relating to the accident. This includes examining how the vehicle was manufactured and identifying any potential design flaws that could have been a factor in causing the collision.

Once fault has been established, a lawyer can recommend the best course of action for their client. This may include negotiating a settlement with the car manufacturer or taking them to court. 

Fairfield Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, it’s important to speak with a lawyer who handles product liability cases. With their help, you can ensure that the car manufacturing company is held responsible for their negligence and you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us for our free and friendly advice either at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us online.

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