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Second Tesla Wreck Tempers Excitement About SB 2333

When Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 2333 in April, car manufacturers and tech companies praised the state for its forward thinking. The law prohibits local governments from banning self-driving cars in their jurisdiction, as long as the car meets current safety standards. Supporters of the law claimed it would make Tennessee a hub for innovation and development of new driving technology. Less than three months later, excitement about the new law changed to concern, when two auto-driving Tesla vehicles were involved in serious Wrecks. The first Wreck occurred when the vehicle failed... 

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When Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 2333 in April, car manufacturers and tech companies praised the state for its forward thinking. The law prohibits local governments from banning self-driving cars in their jurisdiction, as long as the car meets current safety standards. Supporters of the law claimed it would make Tennessee a hub for innovation and development of new driving technology.

Less than three months later, excitement about the new law changed to concern, when two auto-driving Tesla vehicles were involved in serious Wrecks. The first Wreck occurred when the vehicle failed to brake as a semi-truck passed across the lane, killing the Telsa driver. The second Wreck, happened on the highway, but did not result in a fatality.

Tony Seaton, a Johnson City car Wreck lawyer, voiced the public's concerns. "We must understand that computers are imperfect, and drivers must remain engaged in the operation of their vehicles, or else these Wrecks will continue to happen."

Unfortunately, the federal government may be making it more difficult to assign liability to vehicle manufacturers for Wrecks involving self-driving cars. A strong push for a national "no-fault" guideline would preempt state laws with federal authority, and move cases from Wreck injury claims to product liability litigation.

Opponents of this approach fear the federal government's decision will eliminate incentives to develop safer technologies, and emphasize profits at the expense of public safety. Supporters argue that federal preemption is necessary both to create a uniform set of laws for self-driving cars and to encourage innovation by protecting manufacturers from lawsuits.

Seaton argued that changing the nature of the lawsuit from Wreck injury to product liability greatly increases the costs and the burden of proof for a car Wreck lawyer, making a lawsuit much more difficult.

The number of self-driving cars on the road is expected to continue to rise sharply in the next decade, leaving the government and the public little time to address critical concerns.

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