Accidents And The Self-Driving Car

You know from watching the news that car manufacturers and non-car companies like Google are developing vehicles that drive by themselves, using advanced sensing and other technology to protect the vehicle from driver error. It is widely anticipated that autonomous car technology will significantly reduce highway injuries and fatalities.

But — no one imagines that injuries will disappear altogether. There have already been serious accidents involving self-driving cars in tests, usually involving intersection collisions.

Who Is Currently Developing 'Autonomous Cars'?

  • Google
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Delphi
  • Nissan

Many observers think autonomous cars will usher in a new era, without significant accident injuries. We think that is unlikely, at least for the foreseeable future. Carmakers will continue to bear liability for the cars they make, and for negligence in design and performance. Self-driving car accidents will occur. When it is clear that the flawed design, programming, and manufacture contributed to the accident, then the negligent party will be liable if they did not use "reasonable care" in designing, programming, and testing the car.

Are Self-Driving Cars Really Out There?

The idea of a self-driving car is not a big issue in the Memphis Metro — yet. But it is coming sooner than you think. And The Gold Law Firm is ready to represent people in Tennessee and Mississippi when self-driving cars take to the streets.

To schedule a free evaluation of your case, call The Gold Law Firm at 901-303-8619, toll free at 800-610-9622 — or email us your questions.