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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jury: Tesla just 1% to blame for teen driver’s raging accident

MIAMI ( Associated Press) – A jury in Florida found Tesla just 1% reckless in a horrific crash that killed two teenagers for disabling the speed limiter on an electric car.

Tuesday’s ruling placed 90% of the blame on the driver, Barrett Riley, and 9% on his father, James Riley, who brought the lawsuit against Tesla.

Michael Brooks, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said this is the first known case involving a Tesla accident that has gone to trial.

Barrett Riley and his friend Edgar Monserrat Martinez were about to graduate from their private school in South Florida when they died in an accident near Fort Lauderdale Beach in May 2018. A passenger in the back seat was pulled out and survived.

National Transportation Safety Board Determined He was driving at a speed of 116 mph (186 kph) in the 30 mph (48 kph) zone, and the most likely cause of the accident was “the driver losing control as a result of over speeding.”

James Riley claimed that the accident was “totally survivable” and that it was the ensuing fire that killed the teens, but the judge rejected his lawsuit’s claim that Tesla had designed a faulty lithium-ion battery that would have died on impact. “exploded in an uncontrollable and deadly fire”.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talks to the media next to his Model S during a press conference in 2016.

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James Riley also said that Tesla removed a speed limiter without his permission. He ordered a device installed to prevent his son from driving at a speed exceeding 85 mph (136 kph).

An investigation found that about a month before the accident, the teen asked employees at Tesla’s Dania Beach dealership to return the car to normal operating mode while it was being serviced.

Tesla denies negligence in turning off the speed limiter. Per the judge’s directions to the jury, the company argued that the teen’s parents were negligent in allowing him to drive, “when they were aware of their history of speeding and reckless driving.”

Brooks of the Center for Auto Safety said there are other lawsuits pending against Tesla involving the vehicle’s Autopilot and full self-driving system.

The newspaper reported that jurors recommended an award of $6 million to the teen’s mother, Jenny Riley, for pain and suffering, and $4.5 million to the father.

But the sharing of responsibility means Tesla will only be liable for $105,000, Kurt Minor, an attorney representing James Riley, told the South Florida SunSentinel. He did not return an email seeking information on the distribution of the jury’s prize.

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