According to reports, the most recent Tesla upset happened over the weekend in Montana when a Model X on autopilot crashed on a highway. The crash, which did not have any fatalities, is the third one in a string of autopilot accidents and is bringing Tesla's autopilot feature into question.
The most recent autopilot crash happens on a winding road running through Montana in the early morning hours of a Saturday. The driver had their Tesla Model X in autopilot mode going between 50 and 60 miles per hour when they were alerted several times of a change in road condition. Despite this alert, the driver failed to take control of the steering wheel even after the car was taken out of autopilot. Authorities report that the Tesla model X swerved off of the road and hit a line of wood posts before coming to a stop.
According to Tesla, the car is equipped with the ability to sense even the smallest amount of pressure on the steering wheel. The car's data report showed that no such pressure was recorded for several minutes after being taken out of autopilot. Fortunately, the driver and passenger did not suffer serious injuries. However, the car did not fare so well, having lost its front wheel in the wreck.
This recent string of accidents now has two different federal safety agencies investigating the autopilot feature offered in Tesla vehicles. Last May, a Florida resident died in the first known Tesla autopilot crash when his car failed to identify a semi-truck and crashed into its rear.
As autopilot features become more and more popular, more drivers on the road may be at risk. If you have been injured in an auto accident as the result of a driver using the autopilot feature of their vehicle, you may wish to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. With their help, you may be able to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Source: KABC.com, "Third Tesla auto-pilot car accident revealed," July 12, 2016