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Tesla’s Automatic Lane-Changing Feature may be Unsafe

Even with the latest technology, autopilot features on electric cars can fail or not work properly. If you’ve been injured due to a faulty Tesla Autopilot feature, you need to retain an experienced Miami injury attorney who can fight for your rights. Our firm has the time and resources to build the strongest possible case on your behalf so you can recover the compensation you need to move on with your life.

According to a recent study by Consumer Reports, the Tesla Autopilot feature that was updated recently can do automatic lane changes without human assistance. However, when the feature was tested, the results were not entirely safe. Testing the Tesla Model 3, Consumer Reports found that the automatic lane change was often done in a dangerous manner such as cutting off cars in the other lanes. In some cases, the individuals performing the tests had to take control of the vehicle due to fears of getting into an accident. The rearward facing cameras apparently could not detect fast approaching vehicles in the other lanes. As such, the autopilot would believe that a lane change was safely possible when, in fact, it was not. It is possible that the camera sees the other vehicles but it is not processing them correctly. Or, the camera may not be able to ascertain the speed of the cars moving in the other lanes; thus, miscalculating the viability of a safe lane change.

When a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, one or more of the manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, retailers or even maintenance companies may be considered legally liable. For instance, if you have been injured due to a defective Tesla autopilot feature, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. Manufacturers have a duty and legal obligation to put products in the market that are safe for consumers. Failure to do this could lead to manufacturers being held accountable through a products liability lawsuit. This type of claim is designed to hold manufacturers accountable for putting a faulty product into the stream of commerce. In cases involving safety features, we will consult renowned auto safety experts who can speak to exactly what went wrong.

It is important to note that injured parties have a limited time to file their products liability claims in civil court. This time frame is known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, a plaintiff has four years from the date of the injury to file a products liability claim against the at-fault party (i.e., the manufacturer). If you do not file your claim within this legal deadline, you will likely be permanently barred from seeking compensation.

If you or someone close to you has been hurt due to a defective Tesla Autopilot system, our seasoned Miami products liability attorneys can help protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to standing up and fighting for the rights of our South Florida clients. For more information, call our Tesla Autopilot crash attorneys at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.