There are self-driving cars where the owners are only passengers. This type was suggested by Google, whose software has been recognized as a “driver” by NHTSA.
Nothing says more about “the future is now” than a self-driving car that completely revolutionizes the postulates of driving by turning drivers into observers. And while we didn’t dip into automotive driving technology from mass production until years later, those lucky few got the satisfaction of driving around in one of Tesla’s self-driving models.
They also had the dissatisfaction of collapsing into one.
Experts were quick to claim that while this technology is safer than human drivers, it is not without errors and crashes and accidents.
This is exactly what happened twice when Tesla’s Model S crashed, killing two people, for which Tesla is now facing a class action lawsuit. But there are many others like Google, Uber, and GM whose self-driving cars crashed and disproved initial statements that self-driving cars are safer than those driven by a human driver.
Are self-driving cars regulated by law?
The appearance of self-driving cars can be compared to an avalanche. From the moment they appeared and were introduced to the public, they began to produce quickly – too quickly for relevant laws to be drawn up and enacted.
To date, 41 states have enacted self-driving car laws in the United States. There is a 15-point safety checklist that all manufacturers should sign and that is intended to serve as a safety rule for all self-driving cars. However, new problems arose when it was discovered that there are many differences in this legislation from one state to another. For example, Arizona law requires standard vehicle registration, while New York takes this matter very seriously and requires self-driving cars to follow an approved route and have a police escort at all times.
This is the main reason auto accident attorneys have to adapt to each case. Self-driving car accidents are a dirt road to them, and their thorough knowledge of the law is the only thing that will help them obtain compensation for their customers. Mainly because the self-driving manufacturers, some of the biggest names in the auto industry, aren’t really inclined to admit buggy software or part with millions of dollars.
Who is liable in the event of a self-driving accident?
So far, there have been some deaths in self-driving car accidents, but there are many accidents involving a self-driving vehicle that injure a driver. The interesting thing is that in self-driving car accidents, the “driver” of such a vehicle is considered the victim and as such can claim compensation for his injuries.
But not always.
The main difference is in the self-driving vehicle model. There are semi-autonomous cars like the Tesla Model S where both software and driver can drive the car. Because of this, most Tesla affected car crashes are extremely complex and complicated than your usual car crash. A driver who is essentially a passenger has the ability to take control of the vehicle and prevent the accident. If he does not do this, he will be partially liable for the accident.
Google self-driving car; Image via pxhere.com, CC0.
On the other hand, there are such self-driving cars where the owners are nothing more than a passenger. This type of fully self-driving car was proposed by Google, whose software has been recognized as a “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And if a passenger has no way of taking control of the vehicle and possibly preventing an accident, as is the case with these models, the manufacturer is liable for any car accident that occurs.
Can you get compensation for your injuries?
If you have been hit by a self-driving car or have been in a self-driving car in an accident, you are entitled to many things, including reasonable compensation. You can get compensation for:
– suffered any injury
Disability, disfigurement and mental agony