- Tesla on Autopilot Crashes in Montana
- July 14, 2016
- Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Washington Office
A Tesla Model X traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park on July 9th crashed on a two lane highway near Cardwell, Montana. The motorist and his passenger acknowledged that the vehicle was on Autopilot mode at the time of the collision and that his hands were not on the wheel at the time of the accident. In response to the accident, Tesla issued a statement stating that the motorist’s vehicle repeatedly alerted the driver to put his hands on the wheel, but he did not do so, and shortly thereafter the vehicle collided with a post on the edge of the roadway that police characterized as “a winding road going through a canyon with no shoulder.” The motorist received a citation for careless driving after the accident.
Two previous accidents involving Teslas in Autopilot mode, in Pennsylvania and Florida, have been reported this year.