The future is here and we know Google is developing a self-driving car, along with other companies. It seems like a great idea, get in your car, push a button and off you go with no worries of paying attention to the road or surrounding traffic. It all sounds great, and it may be the standard feature and not an option in the future.
But what happens when that vehicle malfunctions and causes an accident that injures the passengers of the self-driving car or other driver and pedestrians? Who is responsible for the accident and injuries. The driver of the self-driving car was not operating the vehicle. As they may be a likely responsible party, there may be many others that can be held responsible for the accident.
Who is Liable for a Self-Driving Car Accident?
That is a big concern in the legal field, how do we determine who was “at-fault” or liable for the accident. We all have computers and smart phones, and we have all had an experience of the computer or phone malfunctioning or a “glitch” in the operating system. When that occurs, we reset the phone and start over. But what happens when the self-driving car malfunctions at 65 m.p.h.? The damages could be catastrophic and fatal in the worst case scenario.
Google Self-Driving Cars
Who’s going to pay for the injuries sustained by the driver and passengers in the self-driving car? Who will be liable and who is going to pay the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering after a self-driving car accident? The Courts have yet to see a case of this nature, but it is our suspicion there would be multiple parties responsible for the accident and subsequent injuries.
One possible responsible party would be the manufacturer of the self-driving car. Or the developer or the manufacturer of the software that operates the vehicle. Or maybe the distributor of the vehicle. There are countless options when it comes to liability, and that is why a Baltimore personal injury lawyer can be helpful in pursuing a claim for injuries caused in a self-driving car accident.
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How Do Autonomous Vehicles Work?
Software that processes the information that is present in the environment before the vehicle is one factor to consider when a self-driving car is operating. Reviewing information provided to date, we know there are lasers and the use of GPS to navigate the roadways, but what happens when the computer reads the information incorrectly.
If you’ve been hurt in a self-driving car accident, call our office today for immediate legal help. You can also complete our free case review contact form for immediate legal help.
If You Were In an Accident with a Self-Driving Car in Baltimore, Our Lawyers Can Help
The accident injury attorneys with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., are ready to assist individuals injured in self-driving car accidents. Their attorneys have been representing clients injured in traditional auto accident cases for years. Their experience and knowledge of the liability laws and insurance laws have provided them with the experience needed to seek compensation for people hurt in self-driving car accidents. If you’ve been hurt in a self-driving car accident, call the office today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation and case review.
Self-driving car accident injury attorneys with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., fight for the rights or their clients that have been injured. Don’t take a chance with your accident case, call the office today to schedule a free consultation.