France: Taxi driver files lawsuit against Tesla after fatal accident in Paris | world news
A taxi driver has filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk’s car company, his lawyer said on Sunday, just months after his Tesla Model 3 was involved in an accident in Paris that killed one person.
In December 2021, The off-duty cab driver’s Tesla crashed through metal postsa line of toll bikes and a recycling bin full of glass hit pedestrians and a van before stopping.
The driver, who was not named, told the police at the time that the car had accelerated on its own and that he could not operate the brakes.
In the days after the accident, the French The government said Tesla had told it there was no immediate indication of a technical failure, but taxi company G7 had stopped using the model in its fleet.
Sarah Saldmann, who is representing the driver, said her client filed a criminal complaint with the Versailles prosecutor’s office on Friday alleging that Tesla “put the lives of others at risk”.
Tesla did not respond to Sky News’ request for comment.
Ms Saldmann declined to comment on whether the complaint was made on the basis of unpublished initial conclusions by investigators.
The accident in the 13th arrondissement not only killed one person, but seriously injured three others and injured another 17 Parislined with bars, restaurants and shops.
The taxi driver is officially under investigation for manslaughter but has not been charged, while he also tested negative on a breathalyzer test following the accident.
Prosecutors in Versailles will now decide whether Tesla has a case to answer.
Tesla collects detailed data from its vehicles’ sensors and cameras, and has used such data in the past to refute claims that crashes were caused by faulty technology.