Drunk Driving the Likely Cause of Tesla AccidentFebruary 7, 2018
Earlier this year, a motorist who was driving a Tesla Model 3 allegedly lost control of the vehicle when rounding a curve. The vehicle ended up airborne after the driver failed to negotiate a turn and landed on the other side of a creek where it hit a tree. The rear of the vehicle was submerged in water, while the front of it was on the bank of the creek. The initial reaction to the accident was to suspect that there may have been safety issues with the car, since it is one of Tesla’s newest additions to its product line. However, officials have since arrested the driver, a Tesla employee, on suspicion of drunk driving.
When police arrived at the scene, the driver appeared to be unhurt. When asked to take a test that would determine his blood alcohol content, he refused, saying that he wanted to wait until he could speak to a lawyer. According to Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling, motorists do not have the right to refuse a drunk driving test until they can speak to an attorney. As a result, the suspect was charged with obstructing police of performing their duties. Police ultimately had to obtain a search warrant for a blood sample from the driver so that they could confirm his blood alcohol content. Results of the blood test have yet to be released.
Driver Negligence to Blame
Unfortunately, the wreck occurred the day after Tesla introduced the Model 3 to the public. Tesla Motors is known for being a trailblazer in the auto industry and is committed to manufacturing electric vehicles that are efficient, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing. Designed to earn high safety ratings across all categories, the Model 3 is a smaller, more affordable version of the Model S. Like the Model S, the Model 3 is designed to be the safest in its class. After suffering numerous delays, this recent accident sparked concern that it may have been caused by safety issues associated with the vehicle. However, the accident was caused by the negligent behavior of the individual who was driving the Model 3, and not the vehicle itself.
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