Driverless car accidents are on the rise. A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that nearly 400 crashes in the US in between July 2021 and May 15, 2022.
After any car accident, it is important that fault be determined. Determining what caused the accident and who was at fault can help injured individuals claim compensation for injuries sustained. The new technology of driverless cars has made determining fault more difficult when a crash occurs. Without a human operating the vehicle, who is responsible for damages resulting from the accident?
If you or a loved one were injured in Glendale in an accident with a driverless car, call Aratta Law Firm at (818) 550-1111 and speak to an experienced car accident attorney that can help. We will evaluate the vehicle crash data and help you recover the maximum compensation for your damages.
LIABILITY IN A DRIVERLESS CAR ACCIDENT
Car manufacturers of self-driving cars claim that driverless vehicles will reduce the number of traffic accidents and deaths because they eliminate human error, which is responsible for 95% of all car accidents. The data suggests otherwise. Driverless vehicles are not able to respond in all situations to avoid mishaps that a human driver would be able to navigate.
Due to the fact that the technology of driverless cars, and the legislation surrounding it, is so new, it can be challenging to prove liability when a car accident occurs. However, there are clear laws that both operators and owners need to follow.
For example, if an operator did not stop the vehicle and contact law enforcement after an accident, the operator and the owner may be found negligent. The car manufacturer may also be found liable in cases where the driverless vehicle was faulty or defective and caused an accident.
This was the case in Arizona in which a driverless Uber struck and killed a woman that was walking her bicycle through a crosswalk. Uber settled out of court with the woman’s family, and the company was banned by the Governor of Arizona from future testing in the state. This case could set precedent for any future accidents that occur with driverless vehicles that have been proven to have technological errors.
HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP
In the event of any car accident, it can be difficult to determine liability. In the case of accidents involving driverless cars, it can be even more challenging. Without a human driving the vehicle, it can be difficult to know who a lawsuit can be filed against.
However, operators and owners of driverless vehicles are still required to follow certain rules based on the legislation passed in 2017. When they fail to do so, and an accident occurs, they can be held liable for damages.
If you have been the victim of an accident involving a driverless car in Los Angeles County, contact Aratta Law Firm at (818) 550-1111. We can advise on the legislation pertaining to driverless cars, fight for your rights in court, and help you get the full amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Just because autonomous cars don’t have a human driver doesn’t mean no one was liable for the accident. Contact us today and we’ll determine who that is and help you every step of the way when filing a personal injury claim. We will personally handle your case from start to finish and keep you informed every step of the way.