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How to Handle a Tesla Autopilot Accident in Indiana

By James Emerson on February 8, 2022

Consumers in the U.S. were naturally excited when the first “self-driving” cars were launched on the market. The hope was that this new technology would not only make commuting easier but also reduce traffic crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities. As it has turned out, however, Tesla vehicles running on Autopilot have been involved in a number of serious accidents, some of them fatal.

How Many Crashes Have Involved Tesla Vehicles on Autopilot?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent teams to investigate 26 traffic crashes involving Autopilot since 2016, as reported by NPR. At least 11 people were killed in these vehicle accidents. Examples of Tesla vehicles on autopilot involved in serious accidents include:

  • A Tesla Model S in Pleasanton, California that jumped a curb, hit a brick wall, and caught on fire, killing the driver in January 2020
  • A Tesla Model 3 that hit a parked fire truck near Terre Haute, Indiana in December 2019, killing the driver’s wife, a passenger in the vehicle
  • A Tesla Model S in Gardena, California that ran a red light at high speed and crashed onto another car, killing two people in December 2019
  • A Tesla Model 3 near Delray Beach, Florida that slammed into a tractor-trailer at 68 mph, killing the driver, in March 2019
  • A Tesla Model S that slammed into a disabled car on the side of the road that the system failed to detect at 80 mph, seriously injuring the Tesla driver, in October 2018.
  • A Tesla Model X P100D that crashed into a barrier on Route 101 in California, catching fire and causing fatal injuries to the driver, in March 2018.

Who Can Be a Victim of a Tesla Autopilot Accident?

Anyone on the roadway – or even on the side of the road – could be a victim of a Tesla Autopilot crash. A dashcam video was recently released showing a Tesla autopilot-driven vehicle slamming into a parked police car, causing it to strike a sheriff’s deputy who was standing on the side of the road on U.S. Highway 64 in North Carolina. Victims of this type of crash may include:

  • Drivers injured in Tesla vehicles on Autopilot
  • Passengers hurt in Tesla Autopilot-driven car crashes
  • Other motorists injured in accidents involving Tesla vehicles on Autopilot
  • Bicyclists or pedestrians hit by Tesla vehicles on Autopilot
  • Stranded motorists, police, or emergency response personnel hit on the side of the road by Autopilot-driven vehicles

What Types of Injuries Can Tesla Autopilot Crashes Cause?

Like all traffic crashes, collisions involving Tesla Autopilot can cause a wide range of injuries, from minor to fatal. Common severe car accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Disfiguring facial injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Fractured bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputation
  • Severe burns

Who Can Be Held Liable for Tesla Autopilot Crash Injuries?

There may be several potentially liable parties in a Tesla Autopilot accident, depending on the cause of the crash and all contributing factors. If the wreck was caused by faulty technology, the manufacturer may be liable. If it was caused by driver error, the at-fault driver may be responsible for damages. Negligence of another party may have also contributed to the crash.

It is important to collect as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident, take pictures of everything, and document your injuries and medical treatment. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys at Emerson Law LLC can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability and pursue all available forms of compensation.

We are an award winning law firm with over 35 years of experience. If you have been injured in a Tesla Autopilot crash, call us today at (317) 969-8000.

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Your First Time Filing Taxes After Indianapolis Divorce

By James Emerson on February 1, 2022

Divorce can cause upheaval in a person’s life. It can also complicate income taxes. Different rules will apply at different steps of the divorce process. If you are going through, or have recently gone through, an Indianapolis divorce, the following is what you can expect your first time filing taxes after your divorce becomes final.

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Indiana Supreme Court Amends Parenting Time Guidelines

By James Emerson on January 13, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court has issued an Order Amending Indiana Parenting Time Schedules. The order was filed with the clerk of the court on October 5, 2021. The new order goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

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How to Avoid a Sideswipe Accident

By Jill Bracken-Emerson on January 3, 2022

Sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two vehicles come into contact or collide. This type of crash typically involves drivers traveling in the same direction. Sideswipes are common when distracted or drowsy drivers drift into another lane, when drivers switch lanes without performing a head check and hit vehicles in their blind spots, and when drivers fail to yield when merging into oncoming traffic.

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What Happens to My Pension, IRA, and 401(k) in an Indiana Divorce?

By James Emerson on December 20, 2021

Indiana is one the few states that presumes all assets and liabilities, whether owned by one or both spouses, will be divided equally in a divorce. In many other states, only property acquired during the marriage is subject to distribution. In most cases, property and debts acquired and owned separately before the marriage are distributed equally in an Indiana divorce. This rule applies to pensions, IRAs, and 401(k)s, as well as to other types of assets.

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What to Do After a Multi-Car Pileup Accident

By Jill Bracken-Emerson on December 7, 2021

Multi-vehicle pile-ups can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers involved. They are more likely to result in catastrophic or fatal injuries than two-car collisions, because a vehicle can be hit multiple times from different directions. There is also more flying glass, crushed metal, and leaking gas when there are more vehicles involved. These accidents are common on freeways where traffic moves fast, and when visibility or road conditions are poor. Multi-car crashes are chain-reaction events that can cause bodily injury and property damage to several motorists in different vehicles.

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Making Divorce Easier for Kids

By James Emerson on October 17, 2021

Divorce can be hard for kids. It’s not their fault, but they are still affected. There are things you and your spouse can do to help your kids through this difficult time.

No matter how you and your spouse feel about each other, you should both be able to agree that you want to do what’s best for the kids. After you file for divorce, you will want to shield them as much as possible from the negative feelings that both of you are experiencing.

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Taking Effective Photos After an Automobile Accident in Indiana

By Jill Bracken-Emerson on October 7, 2021

An automobile accident is a very traumatic event. There’s a lot going on, with first responders providing care and working to get traffic back to normal. You will probably feel disoriented, but, if you can, it’s important to take photographs of the accident scene, the people involved, the damaged vehicles, and any injuries you or the passengers with you may have sustained.

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Common Injuries Suffered by Older Drivers

By Jill Bracken-Emerson on September 13, 2021

Anyone can be seriously injured in a wreck, but older drivers face an even greater risk. Senior citizens involved in traffic accidents are more likely to suffer serious injuries or have chronic pain caused by the accident. Although seniors tend to drive less than other age groups and are more likely to wear seat belts, obey speed limits, and drive safely, they have a higher risk of injury or death behind the wheel.

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Dealing With Cryptocurrency in a Divorce

By James Emerson on September 6, 2021

Cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency. It uses a ledger with strong cryptography (secure information and communication techniques) to keep online transactions secure. Cryptocurrency can be used to purchase services or goods, or to trade for profit.

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