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Man Dies in Wreck While Using Tesla Autopilot System

A man driving a Tesla Model S was the first person in the U.S. to die in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the Associated Press, a 40-year-old man died in a crash on May 7 in Williston, Florida after his car’s camera did not activate the brakes when a tractor trailer turned left in front of him. The man died at the scene. NHTSA is investigating.
According to a blog post by Tesla,  the brake was not applied because neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky. Tesla reports this is the first known death in more than 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated.

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Wayne Hogan

Wayne Hogan, a Jacksonville native, has been with the firm since 1977. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees. He specializes in all areas of personal injury law. In addition to participating in many professional associations, he and his wife, Pat, are also actively involved in the community.