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Whether you have witnessed it for yourself yet or not, it has become quite clear that driverless cars will soon be operating all over U.S. roads. Vehicles such as driverless trucks for delivery services and autonomous cars for rideshare programs or for everyday use have emerged all over the country. While the technology is impressive and the ultimate goal of autonomous vehicles appears to be the simpler and safer transportation of goods and people, many questions have been raised as to the legal liability of these vehicles.
Legal Liability and Responsibility
Perhaps the most common concern raised about driverless vehicles is “who is responsible if there is an accident?” If something goes wrong with the vehicle, is the manufacturer of the automobile responsible? Is it the software or technology provider’s fault? Will the owner of the car be held accountable?
While autonomous vehicle developers try to ease our concerns by promoting technology advancements such as crash avoidance, brake assist, modifying headlight systems, and lane change warnings, we are left wondering if it is enough. Is it truly safe? All of these factors weigh heavy on consumer’s minds, begging another important question: who is really in control of a self-driving vehicle when it is operating on the road?
Manufacturers and business owners claim major increases in safety and awareness surrounding autonomous vehicles. Despite these claims, both of these parties could potentially be held responsible after an accident if the vehicle was not, in fact, as safe as claimed. A products liability and/or personal injury claim could be made if something bad happens, such as a product failure, technology mishap, etc.
If drivers and owners of autonomous vehicles are involved in an accident that appears to be their fault, they could be held responsible if negligence can be proved. While there are not yet many active cases involving these self-driving vehicles to set precedent, liability is always important to keep in mind.
Autonomous Vehicle Accident Help
Whether it is the company, technology, or driver’s fault, if you have recently been a victim of an motor vehicle accident involving a driverless car, it is crucial to get the proper help to determine fault in the case. These cases can be elaborate and difficult, and require experts in the field, which is where we come in. If you need help proving fault and getting compensated after being in an auto accident, contact the attorneys at Adame Garza LLP for a free case evaluation today.