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Self-Driving Cars And Car Accidents, Who Is To Blame?

On behalf of Musselwhite, Meinhart & Staples posted in car accidents on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Attorneys across the country are talking about a recent car accident that killed a woman. Why is this one incident out of all the car accidents that happen every single day so different and so important? It is because a self-driving car was involved. As these vehicles are likely to be a regular fixture on roads in Kentucky and elsewhere, figuring out how victims or their loved one’s can seek relief is a must.

On March 18, a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian in another state. The victim — a 49-year-old woman — was in the process of walking her bicycle across a four-lane road. She was not in a crosswalk. The SUV was traveling at 40 mph when it hit the victim. Sadly, she died at the scene of the crash.

Right now, it is unclear who may be held liable for this tragedy, which occurred in Arizona. Some believe that the driver of the car, even though he was not in control when the crash occurred, could be held responsible. There are those who also say Uber and the vehicle manufacturer may also be to blame. It is unclear if the victim’s family has any intent of pursuing legal actions in this case.

When car accidents involve self-driving cars, victims or — in the event of fatality — their loved ones may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. To do this, though, they would have to prove that negligence contributed to the event by the safety driver, vehicle manufacturer or anyone else who may be considered responsible. This is not likely to be a small feat. An experienced attorney can assist Kentucky residents who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in such accidents in pursuing fair and full compensation for their losses.

 

Source: msn.com, “Fatal self-driving-auto accident raises novel legal questions“, Tina Bellon, March 20, 2018

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