Driverless vehicles are becoming increasingly common on the roadways, so there has been a spike in car accidents involving these automobiles. When a pedestrian or driver is injured in one such accident, the victim might just not know who is responsible for their accident.
The injured victim can file a lawsuit against the business behind the autonomous vehicle for damages that result from the accident. If an autonomous car is a reason for the accident, then the injured person might just have a valid claim for compensation under California product liability laws. In the case a driver uses the autopilot mode at the time their vehicle gets into an accident, he or she may also be responsible.
The victim may be entitled to file an injury lawsuit to receive compensation for damages, including the following.
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Property damage; and,
- Medical expenses
If one is killed in an autonomous automobile accident, their family members may be eligible to file a lawsuit of wrongful death. The loved ones of the deceased may claim for damages, including the ones mentioned below.
- Funeral costs;
- Loss of support due to the demise of a family member; and,
- Loss of earnings from the decedent
Now, comes the tricky question: “how does one prove who is at fault for an autonomous vehicle accident?”
Every single party who is involved in it may have their own account regarding what induced the accident. However, self-driving auto accidents maybe even more complicated as it may not be clear if the vehicle’s software or system is to blame for it.
Disputed vehicle accident claims may need an investigation by both the concerned insurer and the attorneys of each party. In a self-driving auto accident claim, the investigation may need experts to look at the evidence and accident information to find out what caused it.
Your injury lawyer will look into the matter, and they may have the case reviewed by expert engineers. Then, that person can provide an expert’s take on the reason for the accident to happen. The expert can be called to the court to testify to explain his or her view to the jury.
Besides the fatal autonomous automobile accidents, there have also been numerous near-misses involving autos operating in semi-autonomous modes. All vehicles running on the road could just lead to a severe accident or injure cyclists or pedestrians. Even truck accident incidences involve autonomous rigs; suffice to say, driverless does not mean flawless trucks.