Dear  Reader,

Bad news for Tesla Owners.   Recently, the company issued a recall for virtually every vehicle sold in the U.S.   More than 2 million Teslas have been recalled in an effort to update software and fix a defective system that is supposed to ensure drivers are paying attention when using Autopilot.

This recall brings to light two concerns wrapped up in one.

First, when you purchase a new car, you expect a smooth-running ride that will serve you and your family well and get you to your destination safely and comfortably.

Second, when you purchase a Tesla, you likely expect a new convenience that allows you to sit back and relax at a whole new level while behind the wheel of your car.

I hope this recall is an eye-opener for anyone who relies on any type of autopilot feature with their vehicle.

If you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, road safety is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Always remain vigilant.  Autonomous vehicles have limits.  The software can malfunction, and AVs can make mistakes.

As an AV owner, there are extra precautions you need to take.  First, read your owner’s manual to fully understand your vehicle’s capabilities. Keep up with software updates and safety recalls like this one.

Always stay aware and keep your hands on the wheel.  Remember, you are responsible for the vehicle you’re piloting.  Be ready to take control at a moment’s notice if the system fails for any reason. Don’t let yourself get distracted or become complacent.  Texting, reading, or letting your mind wander away from the road ahead can spell disaster.

If you or someone you care about is ever injured due to a defect with a self-driving vehicle, it’s important to take certain steps that protect your rights and help you get the medical treatment you need.

  • Seek Medical Attention. If you’re in pain, call emergency services and get checked out by a medical professional.
  • Preserve any evidence related to the vehicle defect and the resulting accident. Take a picture of the defect, and take pictures of the accident. Gather maintenance records, repair receipts, and any other relevant documents.
  • Take detailed notes about the incident, including the date, time, location, and a description of what happened.
  • Call the police and notify the relevant transportation safety agency in your area.
  • Notify the vehicle manufacturer or the authorized dealership about the defect and the resulting accident. Keep records of your communications and any responses you receive.
  • Maintain a record of all the expenses related to the accident and your injuries. This includes medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and other financial losses from the incident.
  • Call my office. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney can mean the difference between you being properly compensated for your injuries and losses or having your case dismissed entirely.


If you or someone you love is injured due to a defect in your vehicle, please get in touch with my office at 703-761-4343 and 301-949-1515.  With over forty years of experience handling personal injury claims, I’m ready to help you in every way possible.

Until next time, please be safe, and NEVER text while driving!

Paul Samakow

Attorney Paul Samakow

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