The six-person jury ruled in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that Tesla was 1% negligent in the case. The jury allocated 90% and 9% of the blame to the driver and his father, respectively, and concluded that the driver’s parents sustained about $10.5 million in pain and suffering damages as a result of the accident.
The case centered around an accident from 2018, involving an 18-year-old driver who lost control of a Tesla going about 116 miles per hour and crashed into a concrete wall, killing himself and the passenger. It represents the first trial that Tesla has faced in court over a fatal accident in one of its vehicles.
It is far from the last lawsuit the carmaker will face. Tesla faces a slurry of lawsuits and regulatory probes over accidents that have been linked to the carmaker’s Autopilot feature. Tesla is scheduled to face its first trial involving its driver assistance features in September.Jury finds Tesla is 1% to blame for the death of a driver in the company’s first fatal accident trial