Getting in a motor vehicle collision is stressful enough – but what happens if you’re in a car accident with a self-driving vehicle? The advent of new technology is exciting – but when disaster strikes, it can pose new, unforeseen challenges. Indeed, some experts predict that there will be 10 million self-driving vehicles on US roads by 2020 – that’s a lot of potential for collisions in which the responsible party is unknown. In addition, there are serious questions about how the insurance claim process will be handled and how legal claims will be processed through the courts.
Navigating those uncharted legal waters is going be tough, but Hoxie Law in Phoenix is here to help. If you were in a car accident with a self-driving vehicle, you will need an attorney who understands this dynamic and changing area of law and who can handle all of the complex issues that arise from these types of collisions. At Hoxie Law we have a deep understanding of automobile design and product liability claims and how those issues will impact vehicle injuring collision cases with the introduction of vehicular automation.
In the last 12 months, automakers and would-be automakers have been racing towards fully autonomous vehicles. These features include:
The US Department of Transportation has adopted SAE International’s standards for automation. The global association of more than 128,000 engineers has defined six distinct levels of driving automation, from no automation to full automation. The levels are:
Determining responsibility in a car accident has always been a matter of state law – but when the car is now driving itself, where do we put the blame? This is uncharted territory for all auto insurance providers and the lawyers who represent innocent victims injured in car wrecks. Here’s where we think liability will most likely land in most collisions:
Once the claims process shifts more toward major corporations and large auto manufacturers, the road to recovery and proper compensation for faultless victims will become more complicated and considerably more expensive – and the need for a car accident attorney familiar with the nuances of self-driving car litigation will become more important than ever.
At Hoxie Law, we have a history of representing injured plaintiffs in auto litigation. Hoxie Law's knowledge is invaluable for recovering money in the case of a serious personal injury-producing car accident. Our team works to obtain compensation for those injured in car accidents, and finding closure for those whose quality of life may have suffered.