Jury finds Tesla just ‘1%’ responsible for a Florida teen’s crash

Tesla receives minimal blame for a fiery 2018 crash in south Florida that killed two teenagers and injured another. A grand jury today found Tesla only 1 percent responsible for the crash, he reports AP, meaning it is only responsible for paying $105.00 of the $10.5 million awarded to the teen’s family. Ninety percent of the blame was placed on teenage driver Barrett Riley, while his father James Riley received nine percent of the blame.

According to an NTSB investigation, Barrett Riley was driving 116 mph in a 30-mph zone near Fort Lauderdale Beach. The agency concluded that he most likely lost control of the vehicle. James Riley initially sued Tesla over the accident, claiming he would have been survivable if the electric car’s lithium-ion batteries hadn’t “burst out in an uncontrollable and fatal fire” keeping the vehicle below 85 mph. A later investigation found that his son asked a Tesla dealer to remove this limiter.

Tesla attorneys argued that Riley’s parents were negligent in allowing him to drive the car, despite his records of reckless driving and speeding. They denied negligence on the part of the company. After the 2018 crash, Tesla released an update that would allow drivers to set their own speed limits, a feature originally dedicated to Barrett Riley.

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