The idea of a driverless car has been around in sci-fi comics and books for ages. Drivers have been pining over self-driving cars and we’re slowly getting closer to the day when driverless cars will transform from fantasy to reality.
Car manufacturers like Volvo and Mercedes, and even the tech giant Google, have been making strides toward a viable driverless car. This notion, while exciting, does present a new set of problems when it comes to legal liability.
If a driverless car hits another driverless car, who’s at fault? This question won’t likely be answered anytime soon, but it’s definitely worth considering.
We’ve all been on the wrong side of technology malfunctioning once or twice, so it’s fair to say a car that is fully dependent on technology to move and function could very well experience a malfunction that leads to an accident.
Google, Volvo, and Mercedes have already stated they will accept any fault in the event their driverless car causes an accident. Comforting as this pledge is, most legal experts are sceptical of this.
This kind of predicament will cause new laws to be written or old laws to be revised. Currently, liability laws hold the driver, not the car, responsible for any injuries or damages caused during an accident. The only time a car can be held responsible is when there was some sort of product liability involved.
We’re still years away from driverless cars dominating the roads, but this questions is better addressed sooner rather than later. Whether the laws change by an act of Congress or in a landmark Supreme Court decision, the Law Offices of Flint & Soyars will be ready. If you been injured in a car accident call the Flint & Soyars for a free case evaluation.