The emergence of autonomous vehicle technology is revolutionizing the transportation industry. According to an article in Money magazine, General Motors intends to release a fully autonomous electric car with no steering wheel or pedals in 2019.
As companies such as General Motors, Uber, Google, and Tesla begin to implement this new technology, new legal issues arise concerning liability for injuries caused in a traffic crash. After an autonomous vehicle accident with injuries, contact the Denver autonomous vehicle accident lawyers at The Fang Law Firm for the experienced legal representation you need.
Autonomous vehicles are self-driving cars. This type of automobile can drive itself from a starting point to a predetermined destination using various sensors and in-vehicle technologies. Self-driving cars use:
Most traffic crashes are caused by driver error. The hope for autonomous vehicles is that they will significantly reduce car accidents and resulting injuries and fatalities. However, there have already been several serious accidents involving autonomous vehicles, as discussed in a Digital Trends article:
Liability in autonomous car accidents is a complex issue. It could depend on several factors, including the extent of automated systems installed in the vehicle, how the driver interacts with vehicle systems, and how much control is ceded to the systems versus the driver. Manufacturers may be held liable in the future for accidents caused by autonomous vehicles in which all driver control is ceded to automated systems. When vehicles require human control in emergency situations, at-fault drivers may be liable for accidents and injuries.
If you are injured in a traffic crash involving an autonomous vehicle, speak with the Denver autonomous vehicle accident attorneys at The Fang Law Firm in Colorado. Our experienced Denver car accident attorneys are zealous advocates for injured people. Contact us today.