What do we know so far?
Katu 2 ABC News reported that a man was critically injured on Sunday after his Tesla crashed in Oregon City, OR. Clackamas Fire crews responded to the disturbing scene on Bradley Road, where they found that the driver had been ejected from the vehicle after it veered off the road at high speed. The injured man was then transported via helicopter to get medical attention for the serious injuries he had sustained to his head, chest, abdomen, and femur.
What’s the context for this?
Though it is not yet clear what caused the Tesla to veer off the road, it is entirely possible that this incident and the injuries it caused to the vehicle’s driver may have occurred as a result of issues associated with Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (“FSD”) technology. The beleaguered auto maker announced a recall of over 360,000 of its vehicles due to safety concerns with the FSD software earlier this year.
I don’t drive a Tesla – why should I care about this?
If Tesla’s FSD software is to blame for this tragic collision, the risks it poses affect everyone on—or even near—roads upon which any Teslas are driven. Other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and road workers still have to share the road with Tesla drivers that may lose control of their vehicles. Furthermore, despite the company’s assurances that software updates will resolve the issues in question, these collisions continue to proliferate throughout the nation and the world.
In many circles, Tesla’s FSD technology is an unwelcome addition to the list of dangers already widely associated with driving, biking, walking, or working on busy roads. Recent data shows that an automobile collision occurs approximately every 10 seconds somewhere in the United States – and the frequency of these incidents continues to grow.
In all collision cases, it is essential that measures be taken immediately to preserve evidence, investigate any facts in question, and enable physicians or other experts to thoroughly evaluate any injuries promptly. Personal injury cases resulting from automobile collisions can be complex, and it is important that injured persons understand the variety of different liability and insurance coverage issues that may apply to their cases.
What should I do if I’ve been involved in an automobile collision?
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