expert opinion rules out technical failure in Tesla accident in Paris

expert opinion rules out technical failure in Tesla accident in Paris
expert opinion rules out technical failure in Tesla accident in Paris

In 2021, a Tesla fatally struck a cyclist and injured numerous people. While the driver in question claimed a mechanical problem, an expert report contradicted his version and concluded that he did not engage the brake pedal.

This is a report which undermines the version put forward by the respondent since the start of the investigation into the fatal accident involving a Tesla electric car in December 2021 in Paris. In their conclusions rendered on March 28 and that Le Figaro was able to consult, experts from the criminal research institute of the national gendarmerie (IRCGN) concluded that“no brake application was detected” before the driver fatally struck a cyclist and injured 21 other people. The driver’s statements are therefore “incompatible” with the data analyzed by the experts, according to our information, confirming those of the Parisian.

On the evening of the accident, the taxi – which was not in service – hit two pedestrians, then a glass container which, under the shock caused by the speed, was thrown into the air and exploded on the ground . The vehicle then hit a traffic light, which was also thrown into the air. Then finished his race in a van in traffic in the middle of the intersection.

Indicted for “manslaughter” And “unintentional injuries by motorized land vehicle”, the taxi driver maintains that his Tesla Model 3 began to accelerate on its own and that the brake pedal no longer responded. Gold, “the failures observed are those directly caused by the accident” And “the entire braking system does not call for any particular comments”note the IRCGN experts who point out a “discrepancy” with the statements of the accused. His vehicle “was in the acceleration phase from the activation of automatic emergency braking until the impact with the first candelabra” And “no brake application was detected during the accident sequence.”

“A speed of between 115 and 120 km/h”

Furthermore, the damage observed on the Tesla demonstrates “the violence of the shock” while the driver was traveling at an excessive speed which continued to increase until the end of the race, they note. When it hit the cyclist, the car was launched “a speed of between 115 and 120 km/h”then she hit a candelabra at 142 km/h before colliding with a plumber’s van.

The driver’s lawyer, Me Sarah Saldmann, recalls that his “The customer always maintained his initial version that the brake did not respond and that the vehicle accelerated abnormally. We will therefore seek a second opinion”, she assured AFP. He also filed a complaint, in March 2022, against Tesla for “endangering the lives of others”. “We are satisfied with the advances in judicial information and have complete confidence in the experts. As we could unfortunately expect, the crazy car scenario seems to be moving away in favor of human error.reacted Me Grégory Guyard, lawyer for three injured pedestrians who are civil parties.

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