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Paris taxi driver files lawsuit against Tesla after fatal crash

Stock Markets Mar 20, 2022 11:20AM ET
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© Reuters. A Tesla logo is seen on a Parisian taxi car in Paris, France, December 14, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris taxi driver whose Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 crashed in December, killing one person, has filed a legal complaint against the U.S. carmaker, his lawyer said on Sunday.

The French government said in the days after the accident that Tesla had told it that there was no immediate indication of a technical fault.

Sarah Saldmann said her client had on Friday filed a criminal complaint with public prosecutors in Versailles alleging that Tesla had "put the lives of others in danger".

Tesla did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

The off-duty taxi driver's Tesla ploughed through metal posts, a row of pay-to-ride bicycles and a recycling bin full of glass, hitting pedestrians and a van before finally coming to a halt, witnesses said of the accident.

The taxi driver, who has not been named, told police after the accident that the car had accelerated on its own and that he was unable to activate the brakes.

Saldmann declined to comment when asked if the complaint had been made on the basis of the still-unpublished initial conclusions from investigators.

In addition to the fatality, three people were seriously hurt and another 17 injured in the accident in the 13th arrondissement of the French capital on a street lined with bars, restaurants and shops.

The taxi driver is under formal investigation for manslaughter but has not been charged. He tested negative in an alcohol test after the accident.

The public prosecutor's office in Versailles will now decide whether Tesla has a case to answer.

Tesla collects detailed data from the sensors and cameras on its vehicles and has used such data in the past to challenge claims that accidents were caused by malfunctioning technology.

Paris taxi driver files lawsuit against Tesla after fatal crash
 

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Marco cuevas
Marco cuevas Mar 20, 2022 6:32PM ET
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Why is this news? People die everyday in GM, FORD. NISSAN, TOYOTA. VW, AUDI, CHRYSLER, HONDA ANd there are lawsuits launched every uear on other xompanies WHY IS THIS NEWS!!!!!!!
Fernando Saldanha
Fernando Saldanha Mar 20, 2022 6:32PM ET
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Because Elon spat on the plate he ate from. After earning billions in subsidies he became a right-wing libertarian. The woke crowd will not forgive him.
bert prince
bert prince Mar 20, 2022 3:41PM ET
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thos man was off duty with its childs onboard. the car just kept accelerating up to the crash. The driver tried to slow his car by driving towards the protections of empty pedestrian and cycling Areas.The driver is 57, never had affairs with police. no alcool no drugs.
Anna Maria
Anna Maria Mar 20, 2022 3:41PM ET
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you were in the car with him? did you saw what pedal he pushed?
Wendell LMT Davis
Wendell LMT Davis Mar 20, 2022 3:31PM ET
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No one takes the blame no more for anythings smh. Just blame tesla for every accident.
Raymond Pasillas
Raymond Pasillas Mar 20, 2022 2:41PM ET
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Self driving cars will be a disaster. I wouldn't dare invest
Thanos theBear
Thanos theBear Mar 20, 2022 1:58PM ET
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Article forgets to mention that Paris taxi drivers are the worst drivers on planet earth...
Luis Sa
Luis_S Mar 20, 2022 1:58PM ET
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And Tesla the worst cars
Thanos theBear
Thanos theBear Mar 20, 2022 1:58PM ET
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Article forget to mention that Paris taxi driver sux at driving like all taxi drivers.
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