Have you been involved in a self-driving car accident? If so, who bears responsibility, and how can you seek redress? You can investigate your legal options and obtain the compensation you deserve with the aid of an experienced self-driving car accident attorney.
Self-driving vehicles are gaining popularity and will play a significant role in automotive technology. Autonomous cars are currently being released by manufacturers such as Uber, BMW, and Tesla. However, these self-driving vehicles are typically not available for purchase to the general public.Yet, Tesla, stands apart, as they proudly offer a autopilot feature on newer models, allowing the car to drive fully autonomously. However, the company continues to state that it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain control over the vehicle. Therefore, a driver should always be on the lookout for potential safety issues and step in should they arise.
Despite safeguards put in place with self-driving vehicle technology, accidents may still occur. Unfortunately, currently the probability of being involved in a self-driving car accident is increasing along with the number of self-driving vehicles on the road. To date, over 300 self-driving vehicles have been reported in accidents. One of the largest issues involved in self-driving accident cases is that the driver will often be unaware of what led to the accident if they were not actively driving. This may make pinpoint the problem challenging. Determining which party, or parties, were negligent is crucial in any auto collision. You can consult a skilled car accident attorney at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ to evaluate your legal options following an accident involving a self-driving vehicle.
Before discussing machine errors and accidents, you need to understand how self-driving cars operate. Just be aware that the terms “autonomous” and “self-driving” can be used interchangeably. Both are equivalent. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, level one or two autonomous driving includes features like cruise control and driver-aid technologies. A level four or five vehicle, which is entirely independent, would be able to operate without a driver at the wheel. Statistics show that fully autonomous vehicles are more likely to be involved in collisions. But the general public may be unaware of the specifics of these kinds of accidents. The majority of drivers claim that they would feel more at ease in a self-driving automobile.
Manufacturers provide the majority of self-driving car statistics. However, as previously mentioned, most of the public needs help to access them. In any case, read on to learn more about the accidents that involve these cars:
One driver is often at fault in an accident involving two conventional automobiles. It is important to understand that the owners of the now-obtainable self-driving cars can take control if they believe a collision is imminent. The assessment of who is responsible for an accident involving a self-driving car is based on several variables. However, all of the factors ultimately come down to what caused the vehicle crash. Contact Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ to discuss the nuances of your unique case and explore your legal options.
In every accident involving a Tesla utilizing its autopilot feature, the manufacturer has asserted that the driver was at fault and the accident was caused by human error. The driver should always keep their eyes on the road, even in a self-driving vehicle. It’s crucial to always feel in control so that you can plan ahead and recognize when to take the wheel. If the evidence suggests carelessness, you might be at fault.
Following human error, mechanical error is the second most common cause of accidents involving any kind of vehicle, including self-driving cars. Examples of these situations include when your car breaks down, leading to an accident. You should be able to demonstrate that you were fully focused on the road in these situations. You could avoid errors if you were aware of what the car was doing at all times while you were driving. For instance, you and the other motorist might be able to take the manufacturer to court if the brakes unexpectedly fail. This issue may require a recall, which other drivers would need to address for their safety.
Any self-driving car’s driving modes are a feature of the vehicle’s design. The hardware, software, cameras, and other components all have a role to play in how autonomous these robots are. However, occasionally one of these design components will have a flaw. Software problems and design flaws may cause a car accident. For instance, the Waymo self-driving taxi accident may have occurred due to computer system flaws. After speaking with Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ you can file a lawsuit against the manufacturers if there is evidence of these flaws.
In the event you are involved in a car collision involving a self-driving vehicle in North Carolina, take the following steps:
The car accident lawyers at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ keep a close eye on the technical developments of autonomous vehicles. Our lawyers are paying more attention to this issue, especially since Waymo has been involved in many accidents. The ability of these self-driving cars to cause accidents and harm you and others is becoming increasingly evident to lawyers.
If an autonomous car crashes into you, you should be compensated, especially if there is evidence of some malfunction or flaw. Compensation is always possible for accidents for which you are not at fault. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a self-driving vehicle, do not hesitate to reach out. Get in touch with the lawyers at Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters’ immediately to receive a free case evaluation. If we don’t win your case, you won’t have to pay anything. Call us today at (800) 529-0804 or contact us online.