Who is at Fault in Autonomous Car Accidents?
In 2018, a Tempe, Arizona pedestrian was killed in an accident involving a self-driving Uber car out on the road for testing. Although this high-tech, autonomous car was operated by an emergency back up driver, a fatal accident still occurred. This has prompted many questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles and who is responsible for an accident. The answer to this question is not so clear, and establishing fault can be challenging. Here’s what you need to know.
High-Tech Cars and Safety
Self-driving cars have yet to prove their safety, which was unfortunately demonstrated by the Arizona fatal accident. However, if we look at the latest car technologies, high-tech cars have made driving safer. Many lives have been saved with features such as automatic braking, lane warning, cruise control, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warnings. However, high-tech cars are not accident-proof.
Who is Responsible For a High-Tech Car Accident?
Many challenges can come along with determining liability in a high-tech car accident. While there are many safety features, equipment, and software, malfunctions can happen and cause an accident. When it comes to malfunctioning parts, multiple parties could be held liable. For example, various manufacturers often supply software and hardware parts, so liability can be placed on the car manufacturer or the companies who had involvement in manufacturing the part that malfunctioned.
If you’ve been involved in a crash with a high-tech car, it’s best to contact a car accident lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you gather evidence to determine how the malfunction caused the accident.
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