Growing up, self-driving cars used to be a concept only in cartoons or science fiction movies. However, the way technology is advancing today, self-driving cars are almost a reality. Companies are showcasing prototypes that allow the car to virtually be the owner’s driver; making long road trips a breeze.
Legal Implications Regarding Self-Driving Cars
Although a fully self-driving car is not available yet, most cars on the road today have self-driving elements and features. Some car companies currently have features that allow the car to park itself whether the driver is in the car or not. There are many legal implications regarding self-driving cars, but the law around it is still ambiguous.
Questions About Laws Regarding Driverless Cars
A number of questions have been raised about laws regarding self-driving cars and accidents they cause. Some of those questions include:
- Who do you sue; the driver, the company, or both?
- When a person purchases a car with self-driving functions, are they automatically assuming liability for anything that happens because they are technically still “behind the wheel”?
- Is the car company at fault?
- Is the manufacturing plant that assembled the car at fault?
- Is the developer of the car and self-driving software at fault?
The laws surrounding this issue are underdeveloped, making the topic more fluid than one hopes. It’s possible that if you are involved in an accident with a self-driving car, your case could be the one to develop self-driving car laws.
Contact an Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorney
Every day technological advances are being made and sold to the public. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a self-driving car, consult with an experienced Houston car accident attorney to see what they can do to help ease the pain. Call 713-524-8139 or contact us online to set up a time to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm.