Utah driver sue Tesla after crashing in Autopilot mode

Heather Lommatzsch (pictured) filed suit against Tesla after her Model S crashed into a stationary fire truck in May, leaving her with a broken foot

Heather Lommatzsch (pictured) filed suit against Tesla after her Model S crashed into a stationary fire truck in May, leaving her with a broken foot

Heather Lommatzsch (pictured) filed suit against Tesla after her Model S crashed into a stationary fire truck in May, leaving her with a broken foot

A Utah driver who crashed his Tesla in a fire truck stopped at a red light while using the semi-autonomous vehicle function claims the company.

Heather Lommatzsch alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Tesla's sellers told her that Autopilot's Model S mode would ensure the car would stop on its own if something was in its way.

In the court documents, she says that when she saw cars in front of her on May 11, she tried to step on the brake, but they did not work.

Lommatzsch had previously said that the car did not provide any audible or visual warning before colliding with the fire engine that occurred on May 11 on the Utah highway.

At age 29, he affirms that Tesla was: "at the very least, negligent in the development, design, manufacture, production, testing, promotion, distribution, sale, maintenance, repair and / or maintenance of the Tesla Model S".

Lommatzsch, 29, says his car was in its semi-autonomous role when he could not slow down because of a traffic jam ahead

Lommatzsch, 29, says his car was in its semi-autonomous role when he could not slow down because of a traffic jam ahead

She says that when she tried to step on the brakes manually, they did not work

She says that when she tried to step on the brakes manually, they did not work

Lommatzsch, 29, says his car was in its semi-autonomous role when it did not slow down due to a traffic jam. She says that when she tried to step on the brakes manually, they did not work

She also alleges that the company, owned by Elon Musk, did not provide an "adequate warning of the dangers of the Tesla S model."

When Lommatzsch, 29, crashed into the fire truck on the Bangerter Expressway in South Jordan, Salt Lake City, she broke her foot and was charged with a traffic violation for a misdemeanor.

In her lawsuit, she alleges that she: suffered serious and permanent injuries and has incurred reasonable and necessary expenses that are worth more than $ 3,000, and has also suffered the loss of the pleasures and the enjoyment of life and physical disability & # 39;

The Tesla autopilot has been subject to prior scrutiny after other accidents.

Lommatzsch suffered a broken foot and received a traffic violation, and his car was destroyed in the incident

Lommatzsch suffered a broken foot and received a traffic violation, and his car was destroyed in the incident

Lommatzsch suffered a broken foot and received a traffic violation, and his car was destroyed in the incident

In March, a driver died when a Model X with Autopilot hooked up a barrier while traveling at the speed of the highway & # 39; in California. The NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating that case.

In May, the NTSB opened an investigation into an accident in which an Model S caught fire after hitting a wall at high speed in Florida.

Two 18-year-olds were trapped and died in the fire. The agency has said it does not expect Autopilot to be a focus in that investigation.

Later in the month, Tesla said the autopilot was not involved when an S model pulled off a highway and dived into a pond outside San Francisco, killing the driver.

A Tesla spokesman did not immediately return a phone call and an email for comments.

In her lawsuit, she alleges that she: suffered serious and permanent injuries & # 39; for the accident

In her lawsuit, she alleges that she: suffered serious and permanent injuries & # 39; for the accident

In her lawsuit, she alleges that she: suffered serious and permanent injuries & # 39; for the accident

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