California is home to an array of incredible tech companies that have blazed a trail in the advancement of self-driving or autonomous motor vehicles. These advancements means that there are expected to be thousands of new driverless vehicles put into production and on major roads and highways in Los Angeles and elsewhere. This means the chances of getting involved in a serious collision with a self-driving vehicle is going to invariably increase. If you find yourself in this situation and have endured severe injuries in an accident with an autonomous vehicle, what legal rights and options do you have? The Law Office of Ramtin Sadighim is here to help.
One of the biggest issues to address when a self-driving vehicle causes an accident is – who is responsible, or liable for your harms and losses? Well, California is a “fault” state when it comes to filing injury claims under applicable automobile insurance policies. Basically, this means that there needs to be evidence that the other driver was responsible for causing the collision.In an accident involving traditional automobiles, the negligent motorist is responsible and liable for your harms and losses.
When a self-driving vehicle is involved in a collision, it is important to note that the individual in the self-driving vehicle does not evade potential liability simply because they switched their vehicle into “driverless” mode. Under California law, all motorists owe a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. For example, motorists operating a vehicle in “autonomous” mode in California must still have their hands on the wheel at all times. In addition, all motorist are required to be aware of their surroundings at all time. A driver who fails to follow proper procedures while using autopilot and/or becomes distracted could potentially be held responsible for causing harm and losses to another driver and vehicle.
If a malfunction caused the accident, it may be possible to file a claim against both the driver and the manufacturer of the vehicle.
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There is no doubt that driverless technology has tremendous potential to make roads and highways safer, but there remain many issues and concerning flaws with this technology that could create serious risks for motorists nationwide.
If you are involved in an accident with a self-driving vehicle, now is the time to contact the highly reputable Law Office of Ramtin Sadighim, leading personal injury attorney in Los Angeles. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact Ramtin Sadighim at 888.999.8744 or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com to learn more.