To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation. For more information, read our blog post.
close

Fatal collision in Florida leads to accusations against NHTSA

There are many gadgets that make travel more convenient than it was a few decades ago. For instance, it used to be necessary to pull out a map in order to find a correct travel route. Today, a click of a button on a GPS device talks drivers to their destinations. However, advanced technology is not always as helpful as one might hope, such as a fatal auto accident that occurred when a driver had his car on autopilot.

The vehicle apparently did not apply the brakes when needed, and while traveling approximately 69 mph, the car collided with a tractor-trailer that had turned into its path. Sadly, the 50-year-old driver of the car suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The tractor-trailer operator was not hurt. 

Since the 2019 collision, a report by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, as well as Tesla, were partially to blame for the fatal accident. The report states that the NHTSA should have required manufacturers to place safeguards in autopilot systems against operating them in areas where they are not designed to work. In this case, the system could not detect the tractor-trailer in its path because it was a section of cross traffic. 

When a fatal auto accident occurs, investigations can take months. These tragedies often lead to litigation, and a surviving immediate family member of an accident victim may file a wrongful death claim against any party or parties believed to have been at fault. It is difficult to prove such claims in civil court, which is why most plaintiffs in Florida rely on experienced personal injury attorneys to represent their interests throughout the legal proceedings. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Testimonials Client Testimonials

  • I was injured at work directly due to poor management decisions. I worked as a lifeguard and a child that was in the care of the day care facility on the campus ran away. He was in immediate danger. I… Shona M.
  • I have recommended Jonathan Levy and his law firm to my friends and one of them became his client. I am truly grateful for everything Jonathan Levy and his team have done on my behalf. He is truly a wonderful attorney. Faithe C.
  • Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. Allison M.
  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
See All Testimonials
Write To Us

Have Questions? Need Legal Help?

We invite you to call our office at 561-331-5134 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury, illness or disability with one of our experienced lawyers. You can also send us an email.

Our team is happy to talk with you about your situation and what we can do to help you get back on track.

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Community Support

Our firm is proud to support organizations in the community. To the right are just a few of the community organizations we support:

  • American Lung Association of Florida – Southeast Area
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Karma Kastles
Read More

West Palm Beach
1401 Forum Way
Sixth Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-331-5134
Phone: 561-478-2500
West Palm Beach Law Office Map

Port St. Lucie
1660 SW St. Lucie West Blvd
Suite 300
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Phone: 561-331-5134
Port St. Lucie Law Office Map

Top
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar | Board Certified
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News | 2020