Self-Driving Cars – Assigning Liability After an Accident

Injured in a car accident by a self-driving car? Our Henderson car accident attorneys are here to help.

In traditional car accidents, assigning blame is often straightforward. After an accident, a police officer will assess the scene and can make a determination of who is at fault. But with self-driving cars, it’s not so simple. There are many factors to consider when deciding who bears the blame for an accident involving an autonomous vehicle. The circumstances of each case must be examined closely in order to determine liability. If you were injured in a self-driving car accident, do not hesitate to contact our Henderson car accident lawyers.

Who Bears the Blame?

The courts and insurers have had to grapple with the issue of assigning blame in accidents involving self-driving cars. In some cases, the driver may be found liable for negligence or recklessness in allowing the car to operate autonomously. In other cases, manufacturers of autonomous technology can be held accountable for defects or malfunctions in their systems that led to an accident. Liability can also be shifted onto car components manufacturers, maintenance shops, internet service providers, and road construction companies. However, in most cases, the driver will be held liable.

Regardless of who bears responsibility for an incident, individuals injured in a crash caused by a self-driving car should be aware that they have rights and may have legal recourse against those responsible for their injuries and losses. A personal injury lawyer with experience in self-driving car accidents can help victims navigate the complex legal issues related to these cases and advocate on their behalf to ensure fair compensation.

After an Accident

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a self-driving car, there are several steps you should take right away:

* Seek medical attention if necessary.

* Take pictures of any damage or injuries.

* Gather contact information from all parties involved.

* Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible.

* Contact a personal injury lawyer who understands the complexity of liability in a self-driving vehicle accident.

By taking these steps immediately after an incident occurs, you can ensure that your rights are protected while preserving evidence needed to prove liability and secure fair compensation from those responsible for your damages and losses.

Future Implications & Solutions

As autonomous vehicles become more prevalent on our roads, many states are beginning to adopt laws that address how potential accidents involving self-driving cars should be handled and who should bear responsibility if one does occur. Some states have even passed legislation requiring owners of autonomous vehicles to maintain certain levels of insurance coverage specifically designed for incidents involving these types of vehicles.

Nevada has been at the forefront of self-driving vehicle legislation. It turns out, that Nevada is the perfect place to test these vehicles in extreme heat conditions. In 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill allowing for public deployment and commercial testing. The laws implemented require that all self-driving vehicles be registered and meet certain standards.

Additionally, advancements in autonomous vehicle technology could also play a role in mitigating future risks associated with these types of incidents by giving drivers better control over their vehicles as well as improving overall safety measures like obstacle detection systems and speed limit compliance algorithms already present on some models today.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Henderson Car Accident Attorney

Self-driving cars are changing our roads and how we approach transportation altogether—but they’re also introducing new challenges when assigning blame after an accident occurs involving one of these vehicles. To schedule a free consultation, call Dempsey, Roberts & Smith today at (702) 388-1216. We will do whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.