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Who’s At-Fault When a Self-Driving Car Gets Into an Accident?

Self-driving cars are in various stages of development with manufacturers around the globe. Completely and partially self-driving vehicles are equipped with smart, driverless features such as automatic braking and lane-switching, which are normal driving activities that can just as easily contribute to auto accidents. If you’ve suffered injuries from a collision caused by a self-driving car, you should review your legal options.

Potential Dangers of Self-Driving Cars

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There are inherent potential dangers of self-driving cars that can be hazardous to pedestrians and other drivers. If a self-driving vehicle causes a crash, identifying and evaluating potential causes can help determine whether the manufacturer or driver is liable:

  • Human error: Ultimately, the driver has complete control of the vehicle despite the smart features boasted by self-driving cars. Even the most advanced technology cannot completely protect the public from negligent human operators.
  • Improper Design/Manufacturing: In the event that a driverless vehicle contains a design defect that contributes to collisions, the manufacturer can be held liable.
  • Vehicle Malfunction: Anyone who’s operated a vehicle knows that sometimes cars simply break down. If something goes wrong, the manufacturer could potentially be held liable.

Technology is imperfect, and determining liability following an auto accident in New York that involved a driverless vehicle will require further investigation. Involvement from police officials, attorneys, insurance representatives, and private investigators could be necessary for looking into the crash to determine who or what was the main cause of the accident.

Call Leav & Steinberg After You’ve Been in a Car Accident in New York

Whether there was a person driving or not, Leav & Steinberg LLP is ready to help you navigate your options if you’ve suffered injuries after a car accident. Our New York car accident lawyers are ready to review your claim to help you determine which parties should be held liable when pursuing compensation for your injuries. Request a free consultation today to learn more.