Tesla not liable! First Autopilot Accident Case Declared

Just a few days ago, the first overseas case regarding an accident caused by Tesla Autopilot was pronounced. The court found that the cause of the accident was the driver's distracted driving, not the Autopilot system's responsibility, and that the plaintiff would not receive any compensation for suing Tesla.

Plaintiff Justine Hsu says she was driving a Tesla Model S that turned on Autopilot when the vehicle suddenly swerved into the center divider. Justine Hsu argued that not only was Autopilot faulty, but the airbags were also faulty, and asked the court to award $3 million in damages.
The court found that the driver could clearly hear the audible and visual warnings from the vehicle and that the accident was the driver's responsibility, and that the driver should have understood the specific rules of Autopilot before using the control car.

Many people criticized Tesla's product naming, Tesla thought " fully self-driving " to promote, thus misleading consumers. However, the judge pointed out that this was not a self-driving car, but only an automatic assisted driving system, and the driver needed to be alert at all times. This case sets a precedent for future Tesla Autopilot-related accidents.
Tesla's Autopilot system is a controversial technology. While the system can help drivers drive automatically on the highway, using the system on city streets can lead to accidents. Tesla has explicitly prohibited the use of Autopilot on city streets in its owner's manual, but some drivers still ignore this rule.

The verdict shows that Tesla will not be held liable for accidents caused by Autopilot. Drivers need to be vigilant at all times and follow the rules in order to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. Tesla also needs to more strictly regulate the use of its users to avoid similar accidents from happening again.

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John Murphy

John Murphy is the founder of TOPCARS Tesla Aftermarket Accessories, as well as an investor in Tesla and owner of the Model Y. He posts about Tesla news while running the site on a daily basis.

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