Teen Crashes at 116mph, Parents sue Tesla

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  1. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    -Mercury News-
    “Father sues Tesla after teen son killed in flaming crash

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been “entirely survivable.”

    Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserrat died when Riley lost control of his father’s car at 116 mph (187 kph) in May 2018. Another friend was thrown from the car and survived.”
  2. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    Loser pays
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  3. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    That should be the law!!!
    Loser pays lawsuit cost would seriously cut into frivolous lawsuits !
    Even Tesla can’t protect people from their own stupidity
  4. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Sad story. No winners.
  5. john.schaefer77

    john.schaefer77 Well-Known Member

    116MPH on that street seems totally responsible, obviously manufacture's fault.
  6. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

    Sad story, but your not likely to survive a 116 mph crash in ANY car. That's physics. If he was doing 55 - 80ish they probably would have a case. But that fast, forget it.
  7. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    You can be killed in a 30mph Collision ,they haven't a leg to stand on
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  8. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    My daughter went to school with those poor kids. A majority of parents there (me NOT included) generally have enough money to:
    1) Buy their teenagers a Tesla.
    2) Sue anybody and everybody if it turns out to be a dumb idea.

    That being said, give an irresponsible teenager most any car and it can get wrecked at a high rate of speed. they are just relying on the Tesla's notoriety to pursue this suit -- if it was a Honda you would not have heard a thing about it in the press.
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  9. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...horrific tragedy. Clearly they don't understand crash physics relevant to humans, or available vehicle/battery technologies...
  10. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, giving a stupid fast car to a teenager... What could possibly go wrong?
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  11. johnriv67

    johnriv67 Well-Known Member

    I take it as my responsibility as the older brother to teach my younger brothers what fast and dangerous is by showing them the drag strip. There's a place for doing that, not the street. Street is dangerous, strip is less dangerous.
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  12. 2manybuicks

    2manybuicks Platinum Level Contributor

    what is not shown is the long curve right before the place they wrecked.

    Basically, they tooled along the beach, got past the last traffic light where traffic clears up, then nailed it around the long bend and lost control.
  13. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    If any court takes this case seriously, we need a major overhaul of our legal system. Having said that, I'm sorry that the kid is dead, but I would never buy a very young driver who wasn't a trained race driver (think Jeff Gordon) a new high-performance automobile even if I had the money of Bill Gates.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2019
  14. bw1339

    bw1339 Well-Known Member

    The most expensive vehicle my parents bought me was... A bicycle. My first car had to wait until I could pay for it.

    A friend of mine had a mint 1988 Volvo 760 Turbo station wagon. Beautiful car. His grandson thought it was a piece of #@#$ and didn't want it. Eventually got a 2010 Subaru from his parents... (gotta put the kid in something safe and reliable, or he's sure to self combust!)

    When I was a teen I would have sold my soul to the devil for a motorized vehicle of any kind. Didn't matter if it was pink with polka dots.
  15. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Scary thing is it more than likely will go. Remember McDonalds hot coffee..
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  16. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    This case may set a precedent for self braking cars.. I doubt it though. Who knows, maybe a programming issue caused it to go wide open. Err, balls out, Err.. full throttle. Err.. you know what I mean. Maybe that is what prompted the lawsuit.
  17. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    Same here. It was a '51 Buick 2 dr Hardtop.
  18. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Sad to hear for sure, but drive a car fast is a pay experience, and not just money. Clearly the driver made the clear choice to push the pedal way past the speed limit. Their choice. Pay to play. Parents can teach their children all the right and wrongs.........but any time you choose to travel or get behind the wheel death can happen..........going 2 or 3 times the speed limit doesn't help the odds.........driving racetrack speed on the street.......soesnt help either. Pure and simple choices. Instant stop from +100 mph= too many to survive without proper restraints and padding.

    I have known ppl to die in crashes under 25mph. It's all about angles and g forces
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  19. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

  20. jay3000

    jay3000 Well-Known Member

    Thinning of the heard. Sometimes you do stupid stuff and pay the price. Sad nonetheless.

    I bet everyone of us can think of something we did that we should/could have died from.
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