You may have heard plenty of Tesla vehicle accidents making the news lately. These vehicles have come under fire largely due to their Autopilot systems. However, one recent Tesla crash has highlighted inefficient highway safety systems in place around the state. At Allegiance Law, our San Francisco car accident lawyers are ready to get to work if you have been injured in a crash caused by the negligent of another person. We will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve.
We want to discuss an accident that happened in March 2018 that took the life of an Apple engineer. The 38-year-old was driving his 2017 Tesla Model x P100D when the vehicle struck a non-operational SCI SmartCushion 100GM crash attenuator on US Highway 101.
The National Transportation Safety Board says that “The attenuator, a device intended to protect motorists by reducing collision forces, was not operational, having been damaged due to March 12, 2018, crash – 11 days before the fatal Tesla crash.”
The driver of the Tesla died of blunt force trauma injuries he suffered in the crash. The NTSB, as a result of their ongoing investigation, has issued a safety recommendation that urges California transportation officials to move faster to repair their highway safety barriers that have been damaged by vehicles. They say that their review of Caltrans maintenance records identified several examples of delayed repairs of the crash attenuator at the specific location of this crash.
Many people may ask if this NTSB report opens Caltrans up to a wrongful death lawsuit (or more than one depending on how many times this has happened). It is notoriously difficult to bring a lawsuit against a government entity – but not impossible. In this case, it seems like transportation officials knew of a problem and were delayed in taking care of it.
The California Office of Traffic Safety says that there were over 273,000 total injuries and 3,602 total fatalities as a result of vehicle accidents during the latest reporting year of data available. These incidents frequently lead to major medical expenses for victims and their families.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash due to another person’s negligence or carelessness, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Allegiance Law, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We will investigate what happened in your crash so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include coverage for: