When an autonomous vehicle crashes, the law must decide who was responsible for the crash. These cases are less straightforward than regular crashes because one vehicle doesn’t have an identifiable driver.
- If an autonomous vehicle causes an accident, investigators will have many questions.
- Did the other drivers involved do anything to contribute to the collision?
- Was the user of the autonomous vehicle negligent in any way?
- Was there a mechanical failure?
- Is there a flaw in the AV’s design or programming?
- Should there have been government regulations or safety practices that should have prevented the crash?
- Were those regulations and safety practices followed correctly in this case?
The combinations of answers to these questions will help determine who is legally liable for the crash and responsible for paying for the damages it caused.
So far, the users of self-driving cars receive less blame than manufacturers or government entities. In a recent analysis of 396 cases, AV users were attributed low blame, but governments and AV manufacturers were attributed high blame for the accidents involved in the research.
The legal territory involving autonomous cars is still new and developing. Don’t trust your case with an inexperienced attorney. Work with an experienced Las Vegas accident attorney, like those at Henness & Haight. We have the expertise to navigate this new legal landscape and adjust quickly to new developments to get you the compensation you deserve for pain, suffering, and other damages.