Who is Responsible for a Driverless Car Accident?

California has become a leading state in automotive advancements. Numerous automakers are now testing their driverless vehicles on public roads.

Although this technology promises a future without car accidents, autonomous vehicles have a long way to go before hitting the market.

Reports of test vehicle accidents hit the media. You may begin to wonder, who can be held responsible for a driverless car accident?

Driver or the Company?

Currently, semi-autonomous vehicles require drivers to have their hands on the steering wheel at all times when the car is in motion. In the self-driving test models, the driver has the ability to override the autonomous feature when deemed necessary. With that, the human driver can be held liable.

However, an accident involving a driverless vehicle is not a straightforward matter. Recently, the Department of Transportation acknowledged the autonomous software as the car’s driver, rather than the human occupant.

While no law holds a computer liable for a vehicle’s accident, you can hold the manufacturers responsible when their product causes injuries.

The potential liable party includes:

  • Manufacturer
  • Retailer
  • Software or mechanical engineer
  • Vehicle owner

This means a driverless car accident can also be considered a product liability case instead.

Unfortunately, pursuing a product liability claim can be more difficult to prove than a standard car accident claim. Discussing your case with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you figure out the best course of action for you.

As self-driving technology is still very new, laws regulating the use and liability are still being modified.

With the advancement in the auto industry, car accidents involving self-driving vehicles can be complicated. At Bergener Mirejovsky, our skilled injury lawyers have the experience you need to pursue an accident claim involving a driverless vehicle. We are here to take on the new challenges autonomous vehicles bring and get you back on your feet after your accident.

Let us take the weight off your shoulders so you can focus on getting better. For a free consultation, give us a call at 1-800-881-2021 at your convenience.

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