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New report looks at the details of Tesla Model S crash

A government report concerning a high-profile accident that occurred last year in Florida was just released, providing new information about the accident but without coming to any definitive conclusions. The report, which was released by the National Transportation Safety Board, concerns a fatal crash involving a collision between a Tesla Model S and a large truck.

The report provides a number of details about the crash, including speed at the time of the crash, the amount of time the driver used the Autopilot system, how many times he had his hands on the wheel and how long, and how many warnings he received. The driver had apparently received a total of seven visual warnings and six audible warnings prior to the crash. 

Earlier this year, the NHTSA conducted its own investigation of the accident and concluded that there were no defects with Tesla’s Autopilot system, and the NTSB report does not contradict this finding. Neither, however, does the recent report make any specific conclusions about exactly what caused the crash, much less who was responsible for the crash.

For victims of motor vehicle accidents, official accident reports can play a role in building a strong personal injury or wrongful death case, since they can contain important information about the crash that can be used to establish liability. There are, though, certain limitations on exactly what can be admitted into evidence from these reports. In our next post, we’ll take a closer look at this issue, and how an experienced attorney can help sort these matters out while advocating for the rights and interest of an accident victim.


USA Today, “Driver killed in Tesla self-driving car crash ignored warnings, NTSB reports,” Nathan Bomey, June 20, 2017.

EE Times, “Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks,’ Junko Yoshida, June 27, 2017. 

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