The federal government is reviewing a fatal crash involving a Tesla driver in Florida who was using the company's autopilot software. A tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection, prompting the company to conclude that the autopilot system did not activate the brakes because it did not recognize the white side of the turning vehicle against a brightly lit sky. This is the first known fatality in over 130 million miles of autopilot testing.
When you are involved in a car wreck, the police investigate. If there is an injury, by law the officers must prepare and file a Crash Report. That Crash Report is part of the public record. Policymakers and citizens can use it to make decisions to improve safety on our streets.
This was a deadly weekend on area roadways. At least four people died in vehicle-related incidents. And, recent media reports indicate that more than forty drivers were charged in March with felony dwi.
A lawsuit was filed against Uber after one of its drivers caused a collision in Miami Beach, Florida. The suit was brought by Richard Day, M.D. and his wife Jean Day. Dr. and Mrs. Day were in town for a medical conference in December of 2015. The couple requested an Uber ride, and driver Ingrid Parra picked them up from the Eden Roc Hotel. Ms. Parra immediately crashed into another car after turning into traffic along Collins Avenue. Ms. Parra was issued a citation for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
The first of six bellwether trials for claims remaining against General Motors Co. will begin this month in New York City. The plaintiff in this first trial, Robert S. Scheuer, suffered a vehicular collision in Oklahoma. Mr. Scheuer blames a faulty ignition switch for preventing his airbags from deploying during the crash. It will be the first from hundreds of lawsuits filed against GM after it revealed in 2014 that faulty ignition switches in Chevy Cobalts and other small cars required recall. The ignition switches can slip out of the on position and cause the cars to turn off the air bags, stall, and stop the power steering.
According to a report by the personal finance website WalletHub, Texas is listed dead last among all states and the District of Columbia on a combined score of punishment for speeding and reckless driving. To compose its report, WalletHub collected data on twelve different measures and then totaled the points. The states with the highest number of points were deemed strictest.