auto accident injury lawyersTesla Autopilot Crash Investigation Update

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation found that the Tesla autopilot system was likely to blame in the 2018 crash that took the life of the driver in California. According to a recent New York Times article, the NTSB is calling for improvements in Tesla’s driver-assistance feature. NTSB officials are also calling into question other safety agencies for not doing enough to prevent the crash. At this time, the NTSB is singling out Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for oversights that lead to the fatal 2018 California crash.


NTSB’s Investigation Into California Tesla Crash

The more than six-month long crash investigation found that the autopilot system failed to keep the driver’s vehicle in the lane, and that its crash-avoidance software failed to detect a highway barrier. The investigation also found that the driver may have been distracted by a game on his phone at the time of the crash.

Additionally, the investigation also found that had the California Transportation Department repaired the barrier that the Tesla hit, which was damaged in a previous crash, it may have absorbed some of the impact of the collision like it was designed to do, and might have mitigated the severity of the crash.  


NTSB is Critical of NHTSA in Tesla Autopilot Crash

There has been some criticism that the promotion of automated and partially automated driving technologies has been enabling drivers to feel as though they’re in “driverless” cars, when in fact, these vehicles still require a human driver to pay attention behind the wheel. Additionally, the NTSB has been critical of the NHTSA for their apparent “hands-off” approach to regulating automated-vehicle technology.


Improving Safety for Motorists with Automated Driving Systems

At this time, Tesla, and five other automakers, have not responded to the NTSB’s 2017 safety recommendations regarding automated driving systems. They’ve recommended that these automakers limit the use of automated systems to conditions for which they’re designed, and also to better monitor drivers to make sure they’re focused on the road and that they have their hands on the wheel at all times.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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