Carey Speckman was just 27 years old when she died in a DUI crash last February. At the time of the accident, she was also intoxicated. However, her father contends that had she not been driving a Tesla Model S, she would not have died.
What Happened in the case?
Carey had been drinking with her boss, 44-year-old Kevin McCarthy. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department accident report, her blood-alcohol level was 0.21% which is more than twice the legal limit set at 0.08%. Her boss was drunk as well, with a 0.17% blood-alcohol level. McCarthy was the owner of the Tesla Model S that Speckman drove, and he perished in the accident as well. According to various testimonies and video footage, Speckman swerved to avoid a car going the wrong way. The car then hit a tree and a parking garage, and exploded shortly afterwards.
Blaming Tesla for the Accident
According to Carey’s father, it’s not right to place the blame solely on her daughter’s drinking. Aside from the fact that it started with another car going the wrong way, he insists that part of the blame should fall on the vehicle she was driving as well.
This car runs very fast, with a top speed of 155 mph. What’s more, some versions of the model can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. According to Carey’s father, such a powerful car has no business in the streets.
A History of Trouble with the Vehicles
The Tesla car is also powered by lithium ion batteries, which have a reputation for self combustion. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was an obvious case that made headlines. Headphones using these batteries have exploded as well. The Tesla car that Carey drove certainly did explode, and parts of the car were scattered up to 150 yards away.
Tesla cars also have a history of problems as well. Their 2013 Model S models had a problem with battery fires, and the company was investigated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency. Afterwards, Tesla began to strengthen the battery compartments.
Their Autopilot feature in certain cars has also been held accountable for other car crashes. One investigation in particular resulted in Tesla’s move to improve its Autopilot feature, while they also began to warn drivers never to take their hands off the wheel even in Autopilot mode.
What to Do If you are a victim of a Drunk Driving Auto Accident
It’s certainly important that you get medical attention after a vehicular crash. These types of cases are very interesting because often times they are the best one’s for attorneys to handle. We have drunk driving accident injury lawyers that are very good at getting the outcome you deserve. You should also inform your insurance company and cooperate with the police investigation. We strongly recommend that you consult a car crash lawyer or an auto product liability attorney to evaluate your case and determine your legal options.
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