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Cars have come leaps and bounds in technology from when they were first created with satellite navigation, DVD’s and even self-driving, driving has never been more comfortable and it really shows us how far technology has come. However with all of these drivers have become more and more complacent resulting in a rise in car accidents. A recent fatality with a Tesla exhibits this perfectly.

The incident that occurred

A Tesla Model X collided with a median sadly resulting in its 38-year-old driver to pass away. The car caused a three-vehicle crash and the lithium-ion battery within the car set on fire. Firefighters attempted to combat the flames while a team from Tesla disassembled the battery on sight on the interstate. The battery and engine were carefully monitored for 24 hours out of fear of reignition.

Further investigation into the crash

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent two investigators to the scene of the fatal crash to figure out why it occurred. The main concern of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board was to determine the reason of the fire and whether the procedures used to fix this were correct. One of the other concerns the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wanted to address was whether or not the car was being driven in autopilot.

Tesla’s response to the accident

Tesla responded to the accident with a blog post stating “Our data shows that Tesla owners have driven this same stretch of highway with Autopilot engaged roughly 85,000 times since Autopilot was first rolled out in 2015 and roughly 20,000 times since just the beginning of the year, and there has never been an accident that we know of. There are over 200 successful Autopilot trips per day on this exact stretch of road.”

It is thought that the outcome of the crash was so bad because the barrier that is supposed to aid in reducing the impact in the case of an accident when colliding into a concrete barrier was damaged and not fixed in another accident that occurred previously.

What to do next?

If you have questions about being involved in a car accident and have suffered financial loss it is important to speak to our knowledgeable and skilled San Francisco car accident attorneys right away. There are crucial time frames involved within which you must act in order to claim compensation for a car accident that wasn’t your fault.

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