Tesla is prosecuted by a 50-year-old man’s family who died in a crash while using the company’s sophisticated driver aid system called Autopilot. Jeremy Beren Banner’s family sues for wrongful death, while claiming more than $15,000 in damages. A family lawyer announced the lawsuit on Thursday, although it has not yet been filed with the Palm Beach County Clerk.
Banner is the fourth individual known to die while using Autopilot, and his family is the second to sue Tesla for a technology-related lethal crash. Tesla was prosecuted in May by Wei Huang’s family, who died in 2018 after his Model X collapsed into an engaged Autopilot off-ramp divider.
On March 1st of this year, Banner died while driving along a Florida highway at 68 miles an hour. His Tesla Model 3 collided with a tractor-trailer crossing his route, ripping off the car’s roof. Ultimately, the car came to a stop about 1,600 feet from the impact site.
In a preliminary report in May, the National Transportation Safety Board disclosed that Banner switched on Autopilot about 10 seconds before the crash. The agency said that between about 8 seconds before the crash and the moment of impact, the car “did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.”