In Florida, the estate of Edgar Monserratt sued Tesla after Mr. Monserratt was killed in 2018. The estate alleges that a Tesla vehicle, operated by Barrett Riley (also deceased), lost control, struck multiple stationary objects, and burst into flames. They brought claims of negligence (removal of a speed governor device by Tesla and/or its employee), strict products liability (defective design, defective assembly), and failure to warn. (Credit: metamorworks/Shutterstock.com) In Florida, the estate of Edgar Monserratt sued Tesla after Mr. Monserratt was killed in 2018. The estate alleges that a Tesla vehicle, operated by Barrett Riley (also deceased), lost control, struck multiple stationary objects, and burst into flames. They brought claims of negligence (removal of a speed governor device by Tesla and/or its employee), strict products liability (defective design, defective assembly), and failure to warn. (Credit: metamorworks/Shutterstock.com)

Transportation and automobile negligence claims are some of the most common types of litigation seen by courts across the United States and these claims are now evolving. Typical transportation claims tend to focus on driver error – lack of focus, recklessness, inattention, etc.

However, more and more vehicles are now either operating autonomously to some degree (think large trucking companies) or have autopilot options (think personal use vehicles).

 

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