Self-driving cars represent the arrival of the motor vehicle industry’s future. Vehicles that operate through software and technology seem to possess welcome benefits, such as getting to a destination on time and safely. The notion that human error decreases with self-driving vehicles may not be accurate, however. Anyone hurt on a West Virginia road could have a harsh opinion about these cars.
Self-driving cars and accidents
Fully self-driving cars are still in their testing phase. While these models may operate without human assistance, a driver could manually override the vehicles when they go on autopilot. Drivers who ignore the car might not react in time if the car’s autopilot system errs, resulting in an otherwise avoidable accident.
A driver who doesn’t pay attention to the road or leaves everything up to the self-driving vehicle’s technology may be liable for any harm inflicted during a collision. Enough reports about self-driving vehicle mishaps should leave anyone driving/riding in one to be alert.
Negligence and driverless vehicles
Drivers are not the only ones who may face negligence claims for motor vehicle accidents. When defects exist with the design of a self-driving car, the manufacturer could be held responsible under the theory of product liability. Manufacturers have a responsibility to produce safe products, including driverless cars.
Even mechanics and technicians could be liable for any collisions. When someone working on the vehicle performs a shoddy job, the worker might be responsible for any resulting mishaps.
A post-accident investigation may uncover compelling evidence about who is at fault for a collision. Expect the liable party to face a negligence claim soon after.