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Who Is Responsible For Self-Driving Car Accidents

Self-driving vehicle technology holds promise in terms of convenience and safety. However, there are serious concerns regarding self-driving car accidents, which are common and capable of causing potentially life-threatening personal injuries. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys explain some of the causes and who can be held responsible for a claim. 

While Automated Features Hold Promise In Terms Of Safety, They Also Pose Risks

Automated features, such as assistive steering, backup cameras, and emergency brake systems, have become common in newer vehicles. They are designed to increase driver safety and reduce the risk of car accidents and injuries. Self-driving cars make the most of these innovations, by offering vehicles that rely only minimally on human intervention. While heavily promoted for their convenience and consumer safety features, crashes and collisions involving these vehicles are raising serious concerns. 

As the automated vehicle industry is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion dollars, manufacturers are eager to promote and keep these cars on the road. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is keeping a watchful eye on the industry, in light of the fact that more than 400 car accidents involving self-driving cars or partially automated vehicles were reported between July 2021 to May 2022. Common issues include: 

  • Human error: Despite the name and the advanced technology behind self-driving vehicles, most rely at least in part on human interventions. Speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are common causes of any type of crash and frequently play a role in self-driving car accidents. 
  • Defective parts: Failed sensors, glitches in cameras or software systems, and automated engine issues are among common problems that can cause automotive systems to malfunction and contribute to self-driving car accidents.  
  • Manufacturing errors and design defects: As with any new technology, self-driving vehicle manufacturers are going through the process of trial and error. Unfortunately, their mistakes and miscalculations can result in potentially life-threatening self-driving car accidents. 

Determining Who is At Fault For A Self-Driving Car Accident? 

Car crashes are complex events. This is particularly true in cases involving self-driving car accidents. Who is to blame for these crashes? The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) reports that among those who may be liable include: 

  • Other motorists
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Software designers and programmers
  • Parts suppliers
  • Automotive service centers
  • Government agencies 

Determining contributing causes of a self-driving car accident involves conducting extensive investigations. Unlike a typical claim, in which injured drivers may be able to settle through insurance companies involved, filing a lawsuit is typically necessary to ensure all those at fault in a self-driving car crash are held accountable. 

To Protect Your Rights In A Claim, Contact Our Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys

Self-driving car accidents are among the most complex cases. To get the total amount of compensation you are entitled to, get the experienced, professional legal representation you need at Oaks Law Firm. Call or contact our office online and request a consultation with our Los Angeles car accident attorneys today.