String of EV Crashes in California Raises Serious Questions
By now, most California residents are probably aware of the numerous questions surrounding electric vehicles (EVs). Many owners love their EVs, and there is a lot to love when you consider the sustainability, the style, and the wealth of features. But if Teslas are so perfect, then why are so many crashing in California – often under strange, questionable circumstances? It may be simply due to their popularity. After all, it is only natural to expect more crashes if more people drive a certain type of car.
Although the average EV brings many features to the table, one of the most controversial features is self-driving – also known in some circles as “autopilot.” Some claim that many of the accidents we see today in California are due to this feature. But what kinds of accidents have we seen recently in California, and what does this say about EV safety?
Tesla Driver Dies After Crashing Into Backyard Pool
On January 23rd, it was reported that a Tesla driver lost their life after crashing into a pool. The accident occurred in San Rafael, and police say that the crash is still under investigation. It is not clear whether the driver was relying on autopilot at the time of the accident, but it seems clear that something went wrong. The woman who lost her life crashed through a fence before the car was submerged in the pool, and she may have been knocked unconscious before drowning.
Police did say, however, that the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. An interesting thing about these high-tech vehicles is that police can download a wealth of data to help with their investigation. This data could shed more light on the situation – including whether or not the autopilot feature was engaged.
Tesla Crash Deemed “Intentional”
On January 17th, it was reported that a Tesla driver slammed straight into the back of a semi-truck. Judging by the photos, this seemed to be a textbook example of an “underride” accident – which involves a smaller passenger vehicle becoming wedged underneath a trailer. These accidents can easily be fatal because the back of the trailer effectively shears off the roof of the passenger vehicle.
In some situations, this can even cause decapitation. Witnesses say that the Tesla was traveling at over 100 miles per hour before the impact and that they never heard the screech of brakes. Based on this information and other evidence, the coroner eventually concluded that the crash was “intentional.” This implies that the crash was a form of suicide. But can faulty self-driving technology truly be ruled out?
Surveillance Footage Shows Strange Tesla Crash Hours After Musk Brags About Self-Driving Tech
On January 10, it was reported that a strange Tesla crash was recorded on the San Francisco Bay Bridge just hours after Elon Musk’s self-congratulatory tweet about the company’s self-driving features. The footage – which has been posted online – shows the Tesla switching lanes and appearing to falter before coming to a complete stop without warning. A massive pileup occurred behind the Tesla, injuring eight people and a 2-year-old child.
The driver admitted to police that the vehicle’s self-driving feature was active at the time of the crash. He also explained that the vehicle had activated its left-turn signal for no apparent reason before braking abruptly. This incident drew the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has announced an official investigation into the matter. The Intercept reports that there has been a surge in “phantom braking” among Tesla drivers in recent months, with about 100 reports filed within just three months.
Tesla Owner Intentionally Drives Off Cliff With Family Inside
On January 4, 2023, it was reported that a Tesla driver faced criminal charges after sending his vehicle down a 300-foot cliff face, while he and his family were inside. According to the police, it was an intentional attempt to murder his entire family and commit suicide, but somehow everyone survived. Police immediately stated that they do not know what “mode” the vehicle was in at the time of the crash – but they claim that self-driving technology could not have been a factor. The driver is now facing charges of child abuse and attempted murder.
Tesla Y Wins Safety Award – But Many Questions Remain Unanswered
On January 23, it was reported that the Tesla Y had won the What Car? 2023 Car of the Year Safety Award after achieving the “highest-ever” safety rating. It ended up with a score of 364 out of 400 – apparently setting a new record for the competition. However, the competition has only been going on for a few years – and many other controversies lessen this accomplishment somewhat. For example, the Los Angeles Times recently reported that Tesla had stopped reporting its autopilot safety numbers online – a system that had been going on since 2018. Tesla has not given a reason for this, even as owners complain about safety concerns with the new autopilot upgrade.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Car Accident Attorney in California?
If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced car accident attorney in California, look no further than Mary Alexander & Associates. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in the Golden State – including those who have been injured in EV crashes. We know that the safety features of these vehicles are often exaggerated, and we can help you strive for fair compensation. Even if it means suing the auto manufacturer directly, we can work out an action plan that holds negligent parties accountable.
During your first consultation, we can assess your unique situation and determine the best legal course of action. From there, we can get the ball rolling and pursue a settlement that covers your medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred. Remember, internet research only gets you so far. The statute of limitations can prevent you from suing if you wait too long, so get in touch today.