Tesla Drivers Using Steering-Wheel Weights to Drive Hands-Free
Posted on behalf of RizkLaw on Aug 15, 2023 in Auto Accident
While only a few decades ago, the idea of self-driving vehicles was something from science fiction novels; now, autopilot systems in cars are available within certain vehicles and brands. Tesla is a leading automaker developing these vehicles and has recently been in the spotlight due to the increasing concern for safety within self-driving vehicles.
The Washington Post reports some Tesla drivers are using steering-wheel weights to operate their vehicle hands-free. Even with Tesla adopting measures to discourage using these items and other methods to drive hands-free, some individuals continue to place others and themselves at risk. If you are involved in an accident with a “self-driving” vehicle, speak with Rizk Law about your potential claim.
Who Is Responsible for a Self-Driving Tesla Accident?
Despite advancements in self-driving technology, it is essential to note that current systems still require driver oversight. For instance, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology requires the driver to remain in the seat and ready to intervene should any accidents occur or if the system experiences malfunctions. In a self-driving vehicle collision, the driver is typically deemed responsible for the accident. Nevertheless, if the FSD system or other vehicle components malfunction, the manufacturers may also be at fault for any resulting damages.
Another vital component to consider is that Tesla’s FSD technology or enhanced autopilot packages are not deemed responsible for accidents—only malfunctions to the system and manufacturers may be held accountable. This is primarily due to Tesla’s proven safety measures and significant lack of data. When filing a claim for a Tesla accident, you will need to pursue a case-by-case basis claim, where fault belongs to a specific individual, including the driver, manufacturer, designer, or seller.
As more self-driving vehicles enter the roads and increase in popularity, there may be more information on the system’s safety and who is responsible for the accident. However, if the Tesla driver is acting against the rules and is using weights during the accident, you have the right to hold them accountable for your damages.
Are You Eligible to Recover Compensation for a Tesla Accident?
In the unfortunate event of a Tesla accident, your injuries may require significant medical care and time off work. When someone else’s actions uproot your life, you have the right to compensation for your damages. Every accident is unique and requires a thorough evaluation to provide details on a compensation total. However, the following are a few examples of damages you may recover when you partner with a lawyer:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical Impairment
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of prescription medication
- Surgical procedures
- Emergency medical transportation
- Long-term, at-home assistance
- Rehabilitation/physical therapy
- Cost of prosthetic implants
- Past and future lost wages or income
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
Oregon law allows individuals two years from a car accident to pursue legal action against the negligent party. If you suffer from a severe accident due to a Tesla driver’s negligence, speak with Rizk Law for professional legal representation in Oregon.
Speak With Attorney Richard Rizk for a Tesla Accident Lawyer
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