Tesla Model X owner alleges driver negligently engaged autopilot mode, struck Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The owner of a Tesla vehicle alleges a driver who rented the car caused more than $35,000 in damages when he collided with a toll plaza.

SAN FRANCISCO – The owner of a Tesla vehicle alleges a driver who rented the car caused more than $35,000 in damages when he collided with a toll plaza.

Jeremy Fancher filed a complaint on April 30 in the Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco against Andres Chavez alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 3, his 2016 Tesla Model X vehicle was rented by defendant through peer-to-peer rental car service Getaround Inc. The plaintiff claims while the defendant operating his vehicle, he engaged the vehicle's autopilot mode. While the autopilot mode was engaged, the suit states the defendant collided with the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, causing serious damage to the plaintiff's vehicle. 

As a result, Fancher claims his vehicle sustained damages estimated to be approximately $35,000 and that the vehicle has been in the garage since the accident due to the extensive damage. 

The plaintiff seeks judgment for compensatory damages according to proof. He is representing himself.

Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco case number CGC18566152

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