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Tesla Crashes Highlight ‘Black Box’ Challenge for Investigations

Two collisions involving Tesla Inc. vehicles left three people dead on Sunday and police in Indiana and California are still trying to answer an unfamiliar question: who, or what, was in control at the time of the crash? A Tesla …

Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash Prompts Call for Tighter Oversight

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded its first investigation of a fatal crash involving an autonomous test vehicle by issuing several recommendations aimed at tightening the limited oversight of companies that test self-driving cars on public roads. Among other things, …

Tesla’s Futuristic Door Handles Blamed for Death in Fiery Wreck

The futuristic door handles on Tesla Inc.’s Model S are being blamed for a fatal crash in which a police officer was unable to pull a man to safety from his burning car. Omar Awan, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist, was driving …

Suit: Weather Channel’s Reckless ‘Storm Wranglers’ Caused Deadly Crash

Photo courtesy of Robert A. Ball The mother of a Texas man who was killed when his vehicle collided with an SUV driven by a storm-chasing television crew has filed a $125 million lawsuit against The Weather Channel. The suit …

NTSB Says Tesla Automation Contributed to 2016 Fatal Florida Crash

Tesla Inc.’s design of its Autopilot system contributed to a 2016 fatal crash in Florida, federal accident investigators concluded as they recommended all automakers prevent autonomous driving systems from being used on roads for which they are not designed. The …

Maryland Conviction in Fatal Crash Reversed on Insurance Technicality

A West Virginia woman sentenced to a year in jail for a crash that killed a 5-year-old girl has had her conviction reversed because Maryland has no criminal penalty for drivers of uninsured, out-of-state vehicles. The Herald-Mail reports that Washington …

Tracy Morgan Settles Wal-Mart Fatal Crash Lawsuit

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said he and Walmart worked diligently to reach the settlement for …

Ohio Construction Company to Pay $4M for Fatal Crash

An appeals court has ruled a Cincinnati construction company must pay $4 million to the family of a Tennessee couple killed when they slammed into the back of a dump truck entering an interstate in a construction zone. A Warren …

Alabama Lawmaker Plans Bill to Protect Bicyclists

An Alabama state senator wants to require drivers to stay three feet away from bicyclists after a recent fatal crash. Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur tells the Decatur Daily that he hopes lawmakers will approve a “three-foot bill” …

$400,000 Settlement in New York City Cab Driver’s Death

The family of a Staten Island, N.Y., livery cab driver has settled its wrongful-death lawsuit against a dump truck company for $400,000. The cabbie, Chandana Asoka Sundarawadu, was fatally struck on Jan. 24, 2011 while tending to his disabled vehicle …