The Tesla motor company isn’t having the best run in Florida. Following multiple incidents and crashes, last month yet another Tesla car was involved in a Florida automobile accident. This time, the crash involved a Tesla Model S and took place in Lighthouse Point, where the car abruptly accelerated as it was getting ready to park in a parking lot, causing it to crash through the front window of a local gym.
The good news is that nobody was hurt, although it was a close call for one women inside the gym. Watching the surveillance video captured from inside the gym, one can see the car reversing into the parking spot before suddenly accelerating straight into the gym’s glass window. The crash did cause significant damage to the car and the gym.
The bad news, at least for Tesla, is that the driver claims that the car accelerated on its own. According to reports, the car manufacturer has remotely reviewed the vehicle’s logs and is blaming the driver for accidently pressing the gas pedal instead of the brake. Considering that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every year over 16,000 crashed happen because a driver hits the gas instead of the brake, Tesla probably has a point.
Regardless of who is to blame, this is not the first time such an incident has happened. In California another Tesla driver claimed that his Model X self-accelerated, causing him to crash into a building. As with the Florida case, the company is blaming the driver after remotely reviewing the vehicle logs. Even here in Florida there have been numerous car crashes involving Tesla cars and claims of self-acceleration. As such, at the very least the company should launch an investigation that is more involved than the very secretive ‘remote viewing of the vehicle’s logs’ – which, according to the company, has always shown that the driver was at fault.
Another option the driver has is to launch his own investigation, perhaps as part of a suit against the manufacturer for damages to the car (and the gym). If there is something wrong with the vehicle, the driver could have grounds for a product liability case. To learn more about product liability claims and personal injury actions, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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