Driverless Cars and Safety Tips
Prior to the innovation of driverless cars, the law was clear in regards to vehicle safety as well as the liability of the vehicle drivers, manufacturers, and owners for property damage and personal injuries sustained in an accident. Now with self-driving cars, however, this is not so clear. Indeed, issues arise over who is ultimately legally and financially responsible for establishing and regulating safety measures for self-driving vehicles. Likewise, fault can be difficult to determine when a self-driving car is involved in an accident. A lack of national safety standards and the approval by more and more states of self-driving cars makes litigation difficult.
That being said, as long as some aspect of human assistance is necessary to operate self-driving cars, those individuals, whether monitoring the vehicle from a remote location or sitting in the driver’s seat while the car is operating, can potentially still be liable if negligent. Moreover, if the human remote operators or drivers are employees of the company that owns or operates the driverless vehicles or a company that is testing those cars, the companies may be on the hook for damages. As in any personal injury case, it is necessary for the aggrieved party to prove fault. This is typically done under the theory of negligence. Ways in which this can be done when a driverless vehicle is involved includes proving a defect in the design or development of the self-driving system, obtaining the vehicle’s data or event recorder to prove a violation of a traffic law, as well as other evidence.
Some ways in which you can try to keep safe when sharing the road with semi-trucks in Florida include: paying respect by keeping distance, not assuming the truck driver can see you, staying outside of the truck’s blind spots, being aware of wide right turns, and staying off the road when there is inclement weather.
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