In May 2015, the first fatality occurred that is blamed on the Tesla autopilot
feature. 40-year old Joshua
Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S hit a truck that pulled out in front of his car.
The autopilot feature did not detect the truck, failing to brake to avoid
the accident. This tragedy has brought the question to the forefront of
whether the autopilot or co-pilot is to blame when this software is engaged.
Although Tesla Motors is the first to release a functional autopilot feature,
it is not alone in using this technology. Mercedes and other auto manufacturers
have similar technology they are using or perfecting. In most cases, the
software is reliable and automates braking, steering and lane changes.
However, when it comes to accidents and traffic violations, there are
more questions than answers of who or what is to blame if the software
malfunctions or does not work as advertised.
Autopilot and Traffic Tickets
When it comes to traffic tickets, drivers with autopilot may find it difficult
to blame their car for infractions. While it is possible for the software
to malfunction, ultimately the driver is held accountable for obeying
traffic laws. Not stopping for a red light or going over the speed limit
will still be considered the driver’s responsibility, along with
following too closely or other traffic violations.
As more cars enter the roadways using autopilot software, it can be assured
that more accidents will occur, as well as traffic citations. However,
blaming the software is unlikely to negate a ticket for a traffic violation.
The good news is that many traffic tickets can be fought and dismissed
with an experienced traffic attorney on your side, even without using
the autopilot defense.
It is important to remember that when you are behind the wheel, you are
responsible for what happens while you are driving. Features like autopilot
are meant to facilitate safe driving, not do it for you. Many traffic
infractions are issued without adequate proof or justification whether
the autopilot was engaged or not.
Traffic Ticket Legal Help
At Bigger & Harman, APC, our aggressive and experienced traffic attorney
can help you fight traffic tickets in Bakersfield, Fresno and throughout
many counties in California. Call today for a free consultation at 661-349-9300 or email
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