Officers say Tesla failed to identify four vehicles, six people, and a police dog. Their flashing lights were lit. The officers also filed a lawsuit against the owner of the restaurant, accused of keeping alcohol from the driver.
"On February 27, 2021, a Tesla Model X autopilot equipped with Tesla-owned safety features collided with several police officers at a traffic stop on a busy Eastex Highway in Texas." Everyone was seriously injured. In an article for public media in Houston, the officers included four Montgomery County police officers and a Splendora police officer.
The case accuses Tesla of gross negligence for "failing to safely and appropriately design, market and manufacture the autopilot." The system does not “among other things” warn the public about the autopilot system’s inability to detect emergency vehicles with flashing lights. The plaintiffs are seeking “compensation for severe injuries and permanent disabilities caused as a result of the accident” and want to “force Tesla to publicly acknowledge the known inherent flaws in the system’s Autopilot and Collision Avoidance Systems.” And correct it immediately. This situation affects the continued safety of our country’s first responders. The lawsuit, filed in a KPRC Click2Houston news article, was filed Sunday in Harris County Courthouse. The plaintiffs who sued Tesla are Dalton Fields Ratt Duenas, Kenneth Barnett, Chris Taylor, and Daniel Santiago.
NHTSA investigates emergency vehicle accidents
NHTSA is investigating Tesla for emergency vehicle accidents, and the She thought that in the United States "there have been twelve accidents in which a Tesla aware speed-aware or traffic-control vehicle responds to early vehicles/scenes, resulting in injury and vehicle damage". All 12 incidents, including the Texas Officers Incident, occurred between January 2018 and August 2021. Spotlights from the time of issue "," and "Tesla" with negligence in recalling, repairing, repairing, or reporting risks related to a malfunction of the autopilot system's detection Vehicles with flashing lights and engaging autopilot system to avoid failure. Tesla and CEO Elan Musk have "repeatedly exaggerated the true capabilities of the autopilot, putting the general public, including first responders and Tesla drivers, at grave risk." injury or death. Tesla crashes into two police cars at 70 mph. The complaint states: "[A] 2019 Tesla Model X entered the police station at 70 mph." “Tesla attacked two Tahoe police lights with flashing lights that obscured the scene. He shouted and arrested Tahoe toward officers and civilians. Prosecutors were seriously injured and could have been killed. He was found unharmed and arrested for drunk driving. The article states: “Possible broken arm.” He was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Another defendant is Papacito in Cantina, a restaurant where “the driver drank alcohol while intoxicated, posing a clear danger to himself and others. Papas Restaurants, the Houston-based chain of restaurants that owns the restaurant, told KPRC it would "investigate the allegations." Tesla was unable to fully identify the vehicles.
While the driver was intoxicated in the accident, the lawsuit stated that Tesla's security system was "completely" unable to detect the presence of police cars:
even if autopilot was active at the time and police cars were using Bright lights, Tesla called the autopilot safety features to prevent collisions. The car did not use the "automatic emergency brake" to slow down to prevent or reduce accidents. Tesla could not fully disclose that there were at least four vehicles and six people, and the German Shepherd was completely stopped in the traffic lane. Tahoe announced a complete loss. Police officers and civilians were taken to the hospital, and the legend of the Kodiak dog was forced to visit a vet.
We contacted Tesla about the complaint and will update this article if we receive a response.
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