Increasing Amounts of Tesla Drivers Caught Asleep at the Wheel

Updated on: 6/27/2019

With Tesla reaching increasingly higher delivery numbers, every day there are more of the companies signature electric vehicles on the road than ever before.

All Tesla vehicles come with the required hardware for full self-driving capabilities and while some model 3’s come with the feature locked behind a paywall, more and more drivers are getting their hands on autonomous vehicles for the first time.

While this function still requires a driver and even asks the user to agree to “keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times” and “Maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle,” some drivers have been reporting seeing Tesla drivers asleep at the wheel and otherwise failing to be responsible for their vehicle.

Auto Pilot Does not Excuse Drivers of Personal Liability

Earlier this year we covered an incident in which a drunk driver used tesla auto pilot as an excuse. Unfortunately, Drunk, Distracted or Drowsy, no currently existing autonomous driving system takes the place of a responsive human behind the wheel.

Self-driving cars may eventually take the place of human drivers on the road and may already be making drivers safer in some cases. But for now, if you or a loved one is in an accident involving a napping, snapping, snacking or just otherwise slacking Tesla “Driver” you may be able to recover additional damages with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Use the links below or call us at 206-727-4000 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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