Autopilot Feature Engaged in Utah Tesla Crash
Autopilot Feature Engaged in Utah Tesla Crash

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is under scrutiny again, as authorities have linked another crash to a driver whose Autopilot was engaged. The crash occurred in Utah, when a 28-year-old driver crashed her Tesla Model S into the back of a fire truck.

According to police, the vehicle was going 60 mph when it crashed into the fire truck, which was stopped at a red light. It appears that the brake was not engaged before the vehicle slammed into the truck.

The driver was hospitalized for a broken foot, and the fire truck driver suffered a whiplash injury. Police say the driver admitted to looking at her phone right before the crash. Moreover, she told police she had the vehicle’s Autopilot feature engaged at the time.

Tesla CEO Defends Vehicles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Tweeted about the accident, “What’s actually amazing about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60 mph and the driver only broke an ankle. An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death.”

Police say the investigation into the Utah crash is ongoing. So far, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said it is not investigating the crash.

“While there may be truth to Musk’s statement, it is hard to ignore the fact that Autopilot was engaged in yet another crash while the driver was distracted,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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