Tesla is well-known for its autopilot and self-driving functions for both standard and commercial vehicles. Though these innovations come with safety features, that does not mean they are entirely foolproof.
The Washington Post analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data and found that Autopilot has been involved in 736 crashes since 2019, including 17 fatalities.
If you were in an accident involving one of these vehicles, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced Tesla accident attorney.
Proving Liability for a Tesla Accident
There are many factors to consider when filing a claim for a Tesla accident. Accidents can occur in many ways, and understanding the actual cause can make a big difference in the compensation you receive. Your Tesla accident lawyer can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove your case. Here are some of the potential causes.
Driver (Without Autopilot / Self-Driving On)
Though Teslas may offer autopilot and self-driving functions, a driver does not have to use them. A Tesla driver operating the vehicle without using these features could make the same mistakes as any other driver, including speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, becoming distracted, and more.
Driver (With Autopilot / Self-Driving On)
There are limitations to the vehicle’s autopilot setting, which is meant to be an assistance feature and should only be used by a fully attentive driver. The driver is still responsible for ensuring the vehicle operates as intended. This is also true for self-driving vehicles, which still require an active driver.
Car Manufacturer (Tesla)
In February 2023, every Tesla vehicle with a full self-driving system was recalled for updates to make it safer. If the self-driving system or any other part of the vehicle malfunctioned, causing the accident, Tesla could be liable. Tesla lawyers are accustomed to dealing with these kinds of issues.
If a mechanic worked on the car and made a mistake that caused the system to malfunction, the mechanic or company they work for could be held liable for the damage.
In some cases, the vehicle being a Tesla may have no bearing on the accident. Other factors, such as poorly maintained roadways, malfunctioning traffic signals, and inclement weather conditions, can also lead to vehicle accidents. In these cases, a third party may be liable, such as the municipality responsible for maintaining the road.
Filing a Claim for a Tesla Accident
Under California law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a case against the negligent party. The pursuit of recovery for many vehicle accidents, though not all, starts as an insurance claim against the negligent party.
If the insurance company will not pay a fair amount or there is a disagreement over liability, your Tesla accident attorney may encourage you to file a lawsuit. Tesla is a big company with lots of legal resources.
You should not face them without your own legal counsel. Vehicle accidents can have traumatic, expensive, and long-term ramifications, and there is no reason to risk leaving the compensation you need on the table.
Contact a Tesla Accident Attorney
The attorneys at Peerali Law understand the complexities of Tesla accidents in Los Angeles and how to get you the compensation you deserve.
We have obtained million-dollar recoveries for our clients injured in auto accidents and are committed to seeking justice through innovative legal solutions. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation.