Self-Driving Cars and the Future of Personal Injury LawFebruary 28, 2019
Self-driving cars are not only changing the transportation industry, they are also changing laws regarding personal injury accidents.
When you are involved in an accident involving a self-driving vehicle, you may be wondering who the responsible party is? Is it the person who owns the vehicle, the company using the vehicle, or the vehicle developers?
What are Some of the Advantages of Self-Driving Vehicles?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2011. Distracted driving includes talking on the phone, texting, talking to passengers, eating, and looking at a GPS device.
In 2012, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents, and over 200,000 people were injured.
The implementation of self-driving vehicles may greatly reduce distracted driving incidents, as well as accidents involving those driving under the influence. Further, self-driving cars would create an overall reduction in human errors causing accidents.
What are the Disadvantages of Self-Driving Vehicles?
Currently, self-driving vehicles are still largely in the developmental stage. Yet one of the more obvious disadvantages of self-driving vehicles is the price. Driverless vehicles are expensive, and not everyone can afford them.
Additionally, self-driving vehicles are controlled by computers. This means that there is always the potential for an unexpected malfunction to occur. Even the slightest malfunction in the computer program can lead to a fatal accident. This was partially the case during an accident in Arizona in March 2018 that resulted in a pedestrian death.
Finally, the difficulty in figuring out who the responsible party is for an accident with a self-driving vehicle accident is another disadvantage.
Who is at Fault in an Accident Involving a Driverless Vehicle?
When a driver is behind the wheel of a vehicle involved in an accident, liability is determined by whether the driver acted negligently, otherwise erred or a had bad reaction time.
However, it is more difficult to determine who is at fault in a personal injury accident involving a self-driving vehicle. One way to determine liability is by finding an error in a self-driving car’s program. This could put the vehicle’s developer at fault for the accident.
Self-Driving Vehicles and the Future of Personal Injury Law
Although self-driving vehicles eliminate things like drunk driving and distractions and reduce human error a great deal, they still come with the risk of unexpected malfunctions. Self-driving vehicles will need to be tested and monitored for years to come in order to eliminate any glitches that may put drivers and pedestrians at risk before they become more mainstream.
There will always be people against having self-driving cars, who will prefer to be in control of their vehicles. This means that car accidents will probably always happen, with driverless vehicles or without them.
Media Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help Self-Driving Vehicle Accident Victims
Getting into an accident involving a driverless vehicle can be frustrating, especially when it comes to deciding who the liable party is; but you do not have to go through the process alone.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a driverless vehicle, the Media car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello are here to help. We assist clients involved in any kind of car accident to get the compensation and justice they deserve. Contact us online, or by phone at 610-892-4940 for a free consultation. We represent clients from our Media office throughout Delaware County, West Chester, and across Pennsylvania.