When Is the Driver Responsible After a Self-Driving Car Accident? Part 2

May 4, 2021

When Is the Driver Responsible After a Self-Driving Car Accident?

At this stage of self-driving technology, the driver is still generally responsible for any accidents that occur while he or she is behind the wheel. Most autonomous vehicles alert the driver to disengage autonomous mode and take control of the vehicle when a crash is imminent or when conditions are unsafe. Many crashes happen due to drivers disregarding these warnings.

Self-driving vehicles are not fully autonomous. Until this changes, and cars do not require input from someone behind the wheel, any accident investigation is likely to assign fault to the driver.

When Is the Manufacturer Responsible After a Self-Driving Car Accident?

In some cases, the manufacturer has been named the liable party after an accident. For example, an accident involving a Chevrolet Bolt utilizing Cruize Automation technology tried to change lanes and did not detect a motorcycle in the other lane. The car sideswiped the motorcyclist before returning to the other lane. The motorcyclist sued Chevrolet for the injuries suffered during the accident.

Filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a self-driving car is often difficult. This is because of the complexity of the technology involved. Many different companies may supply the software and hardware. This then makes it tough to determine which company is at fault. An experienced South Carolina car accident attorney can help you investigate your particular situation and develop a successful legal strategy.

Seek Damages With the Help of Our Attorneys After a Self-Driving Car Accident

When someone is injured in an accident involving an autonomous vehicle, it is crucial to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Explore your legal options by setting up an appointment with members of our Rock Hill office. Call the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr. today at (803) 324-7200 for a free consultation.