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Tesla’s electric-powered vehicles, containing cutting-edge technology, are quite impressive. However, this technology is not without its imperfections. Tesla prides itself on its autopilot features, which may lead to full self-driving capabilities in the future. This autopilot feature may result in distracted driving, resulting in accidents with other vehicles or pedestrians. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a Tesla, you may be asking: “Do I need a personal injury attorney?”
If you have suffered injury due to a car accident with a Tesla, we may be able to help. Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys are here to assist you in every stage of the legal process. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today for your free consultation.
Common causes of motor vehicle accidents
There are many different causes of motor vehicle accidents, and Tesla automobiles are not immune to them. Accidents may range from a minor fender bender to a more serious collision, resulting in catastrophic injury, or even death. It is important to always stay vigilant while on the road, never drink and drive, and refrain from excess speeds. Further, if you are driving in a Tesla, never rely solely on autopilot to get you to your destination. Below are common causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States:
Distracted driving refers to any action you take that may divert your attention from driving. Distracted driving endangers drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and all others on the road, including bicyclists. With modern technology and smartphones, it is easy to divert your attention to something more entertaining, such as texting, surfing the internet, playing games, or finding a new podcast to listen to. These actions are extremely dangerous while on the road. Texting, for example, is considered the most dangerous type of distracted driving, as it combines visual, manual, and cognitive distraction.
Not only is distracted driving dangerous, it is also deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that 3,142 people lost their lives in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 alone. In order to stay safe, you should never use your smartphone while driving. If you have to send a text, pull over to a safe location or hand your phone to a passenger. Further, if you are driving a Tesla, you cannot rely on the autopilot feature to drive for you while you text or play on your phone.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous and may put you at a much higher risk of being in, or causing, an accident. Every day, approximately 28 people in the United States die in a drunk driving accident. That number equates to nearly one person every 52 minutes. Further, there were 10,142 deaths from drunk driving crashes in 2019 alone.
Alcohol consumption reduces the function of the brain. Further, alcohol impairs thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. These abilities are essential to operating any motor vehicle safely. Even if driving a Tesla, anything can happen that would require you to be able to evaluate circumstances quickly and respond immediately; you should not rely on the autopilot feature to drive if you have been drinking.
A person’s alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood. This is referred to as Blood Alcohol Concentration, or “BAC.” Below are examples of the effects of BAC and your driving abilities:
- .08%: At a BAC level of .08, your muscle coordination becomes poor, and your concentration is affected. This may result in loss of speed control and impaired perception while driving.
- .10%: A BAC level of .10 may result in a clear deterioration of reaction time, poor coordination, and slowed thinking. This may reduce your ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately.
- .15%: With this high of a BAC, you may experience far less muscle control than normal, vomiting, and a major loss of balance. This may substantially impair your ability to maintain vehicle control, reduce your attention to a driving task, and negatively affect visual and auditory information processing.
Driving while drowsy can be deadly, so it must be avoided. There were 697 deaths from drowsy driving-related motor vehicle crashes in 2019 alone. You may feel drowsy after a long day at work, from hanging out late with friends, or from a long drive to visit family in another state. Whatever the reason, you should never drive while fatigued, even if you are driving a new Tesla with the autopilot feature. Driving while fatigued can cause impaired cognition and performance, which may lead to motor vehicle crashes.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is the only way to truly protect yourself against the risks of driving while fatigued. Although drinking caffeine may make you feel more alert, the effects only last for a short period of time. If you find yourself getting drowsy while behind the wheel, you may need to pull over to a safe spot, such as a rest stop, and take a 20-minute nap.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident with someone who was driving a Tesla, you may be asking: “Do I need a personal injury attorney?” If you have suffered injury or substantial property damage, the answer is likely “Yes.” A personal injury attorney can help investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How do accidents with tesla vehicles happen?
Tesla vehicles are not immune to motor vehicle accidents. In addition to the common causes of motor vehicle accidents, Tesla drivers may also rely too heavily on Tesla’s autopilot feature. Tesla refers to the autopilot feature as the “Future of Driving.” Further, Tesla prides itself on creating fully self-driving vehicles in the future. Although the purpose of this technology may be to cut down on human error while driving, it may create a double-edged sword. For example, the driver may rely on the technology to the point of feeling like a passenger. The driver may feel safe to read, text, or even sleep while behind the wheel. If the technology fails in any way, therefore, it may easily cause an accident, resulting in serious injury, or even death.
Even without full self-driving technology, motor vehicle accidents involving Tesla cars are not uncommon. Below are examples of recent accidents involving Tesla vehicles:
On March 22, 2021, ABC News reported on a non-deadly motor vehicle accident involving a Tesla and a semitrailer. The accident occurred on March 11, 2021, at 3:30 a.m. in Detroit, Michigan. The driver of the Tesla admitted to speeding when he hit the semitrailer, injuring himself and his female passenger. Police found that the Tesla driver sped through an intersection, struck the semi, and caused his Tesla to become wedged under the truck’s trailer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the crash to determine whether or not the Tesla driver had the car’s autopilot function turned on at the time of the incident.
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On March 25, 2021, WESH 2 News reported an accident where a Tesla vehicle had backed into a patrol car. A deputy police officer was conducting a traffic stop on a 2018 Tesla vehicle after the officer observed the vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. The Tesla eventually came to a stop; however, it then proceeded to back into the deputy’s patrol vehicle. The deputy reported that there were two teenagers in the vehicle, although neither teenager was in the driver seat. The kids then told the deputy that the Tesla was on autopilot mode and was driving itself.
As seen above, it is not uncommon for a Tesla vehicle to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether or not the autopilot feature is turned on. No technology is 100% infallible, and all motor vehicle drivers are encouraged to stay vigilant while behind the wheel, whether their car sports an “autopilot” mode or not. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a Tesla, contact a Zinda Law Group Tesla car accident attorney today to discuss your unique case.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident involving a Tesla, contact a Zinda Law Group attorney today. Tesla luxury vehicles may seem impressive; however, these cars are not beyond reproach. Self-driving technology is not flawless, and the human drivers can still make mistakes. These motor vehicle accidents can lead to serious property damage, injury, or even death.
Zinda Law Group car accident injury attorneys have the experience necessary to help you with your Tesla car accident. The legal process may seem daunting; however, we are here to help guide you and your family though this difficult time. We have the ability to investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for you in court if a favorable settlement cannot be made. Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863-5312 to set up your free consultation. Further, you do not have to worry about paying us a thing unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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