You went on vacation and you rented a self-driving car. Suddenly, you find yourself in a car accident. What do you do next?
This is a very common scenario, and even though it does not happen on a daily basis, it is a situation that many people have to deal with every year. The problem is, how do you determine who is at fault, and whether or not the driverless car “made a mistake”?
Technically, you could be able to seek compensation for your injuries. But who do you sue?
To answer your questions, a Pittsburgh car accident attorney offers a free consultation where you can learn more about your eligibility to sue and your rights as a victim. Be sure to give them a call today and learn everything there is about your specific situation.
Here are some general rules about getting involved in a driverless car accident.
Who Is Liable?
There is always someone responsible for causing the accident. It is either one of the two drivers, or in cases where one car is driverless, either the other driver or the car manufacturer. However, this could be hard to determine, especially in cases where the other driver did nothing wrong that could have caused the accident.
So, the only one left to take responsibility is the car manufacturer. But that has to be proven, otherwise, the claim will be dismissed.
So how does one prove that the car manufacturing company made a mistake? Well, it starts with the following:
- Investigation of the scene – the angle of the cars in the accident, the speed at which both vehicles were traveling, where the accident took place
- Speaking with the eyewitnesses – any information from a third party could help prove what happened
- Recreating the scene – hiring experienced professionals to help recreate the scene of the accident
- Questioning the driverless car’s functionality – does the car have fully working sensors, GPS, safety systems, airbags, brakes.
- Driver responsibility? – in some cases, the driverless vehicles require the driver to take the wheel in case of an emergency. Did the driver inside the driverless car take actions to try and prevent the accident?
- Examining the car’s “black box” – this will give more details of the accident and what may have gone wrong.
Once these things are taken into consideration, both parties involved will have a vivid picture as to who may be responsible for the accident.
Filing a Claim
The next step is filing a claim. Once you and your attorney “pinpoint” the person(or the company) liable for causing the accident, you can file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries and damages, including:
- Your medical bills
- Your lost wages
- Your property damage
- Your pain and suffering
Consult with the best car accident attorneys in Pittsburgh from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman right away, and seek their help and legal representation. You are going to need all the help you can get to secure and obtain the compensation for your injuries following the accident.