Self-Driving Car Accidents
Serving Victims of Self-Driving Car Accidents
Self-driving or autonomous vehicles are not the stuff of science fiction; they can be seen on the roads and highways of California today. With thousands more driverless vehicles currently in production — and trucks and tractor trailers soon to come — accidents will become more common once these technological marvels become mainstream. At this juncture, there have already been scattered reports of electrical fires, accidents and fatalities involving autonomous vehicles. As the technology evolves, negligence laws must also keep pace. This makes working with the right attorney crucial if you have been injured in a self-driving car accident.
J&Y Law is a leading personal injury firm serving clients throughout Northern and Southern California. We have a proven history of helping car accident victims and are currently exploring accident cases involving autonomous vehicles. If you were injured in a self-driving car accident, we will advise of your options for recovering damages and fight to help to obtain just compensation. When you come to J&Y, you will have confidence knowing that our tech-savvy attorneys are up-to-date with trending developments in driverless vehicle accidents.
Who is responsible when a self-driving car causes an accident?
California is a fault state for insurance purposes as it relates to car accidents. In order to have a valid claim, therefore, the other driver must be found responsible for causing the accident. While this seems straightforward in accidents involving traditional vehicles, the issues are murky with driverless technology. What happens when an autonomous vehicle causes an accident? Who is responsible? Can the victims be compensated for their injuries?
It is worth noting that comparative negligence law also applies to automobile accidents involving self-driving cars. Comparative negligence means that if you contributed to the accident, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault. In other words, if you suffer $10,000 in damages, but the insurer finds that you were 20 percent at fault for the accident, the damages will be reduced to $8,000.
Obviously, in a car accident involving traditional vehicles, the at-fault driver is responsible and liable for the victim’s injuries. But what if the other vehicle was driving itself? Although pursuing an autonomous vehicle accident claim can be complicated, the capable attorneys at J&Y know how to prove your injuries were caused by another party’s negligence.
While it is true that self-driving car accidents have been uncommon thus far, all drivers in California have a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and avoid causing injuries to others. Determining liability may hinge on whether the accident was caused by human error or a technological malfunction. The overarching issue is the extent to which the driver had control over the vehicle.
As an example, the driver operating an autonomous vehicle using the auto-pilot feature must have his or her hands must be on the wheel at all times. In addition, all drivers are required to be aware of their surroundings at all time. A driver who fails to follow proper procedures while using autopilot and/or becomes distracted can be held liable for injuries arising from an accident.
If a malfunction causes or contributes to an autonomous vehicle accident, the driver may also be partially responsible, because drivers have a duty to ensure their vehicles are properly maintained. If a defect did, in fact, cause a self-driving car accident and driver error was not involved, the manufacturer may also be held liable through a product liability lawsuit.
What J&Y Law Can Do For You
At J&Y Law, we know how to build a successful self-driving car accident claim. We will conduct an extensive investigation to learn about the circumstances involved in the accident. We will obtain and review a copy of the police report, identify and interview witnesses, and seek out any photographic or video evidence (e.g. security cameras and private-business closed circuit recordings). Depending on the driverless vehicle, it may also be possible to gain access to crash data recorders. Our attorneys will use this evidence to support your claim and fight for your right to the maximum compensation you deserve.
Los Angeles Self-Driving Car Accident Attorneys
With offices conveniently located throughout Northern and Southern California, J&Y Law is prepared to handle your self-driving car accident claim. Given our success in personal injury cases, having recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, we are well positioned to resolve liability issues arising from autonomous vehicle accidents. While emerging driverless technology has the potential to make the roads and highways safer, we believe that negligent parties must be held accountable for injuries caused by autonomous vehicles. Call our office today or complete the convenient online contact form to set up a free consultation.