Family of Tesla’s Self-Driving Car Fatality Hires Personal Injury Lawyer
Tesla has been a pioneer in the field of automated vehicles, but the company has been cast in negative light ever since the fatal car accident between a Tesla Model S (which was engaged in its “self-driving” mode) and a truck. The passenger of the Tesla, Joshua Brown, was killed. His is the first death to involve an autonomous vehicle while in autopilot mode, and the media took the story and ran with it.
Every ten seconds, a car crash occurs in the United States, and that is exactly why Tesla founder Elon Musk says self-driving cars are so important. Since the tragedy, Brown’s family has hired a personal injury lawyer to investigate the circumstances and details of the crash. Apparently, several other drivers have come forward and attested to being involved in accidents with driverless vehicles.
In wrongful death cases, personal injury attorneys help victims’ families secure reparations to help with funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Indeed, The annual cost of civil lawsuits to the U.S. economy is $239 billion, with workers, consumers, accident victims, and others fighting for their rights in court.
In light of these facts, it’s hardly surprising that Joshua Brown’s family has hired a personal injury lawyer to investigate this unique situation.
Even though the Tesla crashes represents a first in human history — the first known fatality from a “self-driving” car — car accidents result in personal injury cases all the time. A full 20% of federal civil personal injury lawsuits stem from vehicle crashes, compared to the 13% coming from product liability injuries, and 10% from medical malpractice.
Most of these injury cases settle outside of court, with only a very small percentage actually going to trial. If you ever find yourself in a position where you have to file a civil suit, whether on your own behalf or on the behalf of your family member, it is essential that you enlist the help of a personal injury attorney.
In short, if you were injured (or if your spouse or child was killed) through the recklessness, carelessness, drunkenness, or negligence of another party, you should set up a consultation with an attorney right away. It doesn’t matter if the other party was a person or a multi-million dollar corporation run by a Silicon Valley bigwig, everyone has certain rights. Gathering all the documentation you can will help your lawyer in their own search for more information on your case.