When two individuals are involved in a car accident, it may be important to establish fault, especially if one or both of the individuals suffered serious injuries. Understanding liability as it relates to a car accident can help an individual understand his or her options when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit.
But what happens if you get into a car accident with a self-driving car? While this concept may seem like something that won’t happen for decades, it is an idea that is already being tested by Google. Google has a couple dozen cars out on the road that are self-driving. Although they have been in a few accidents, most of them involve another vehicle hitting the Google car from the back.
Recently, a Google car got into a collision with a bus, and a report says this accident may be the first accident where the Google car was actually at fault. Although there was a driver inside the car at the time, the driver did not have control of the vehicle at the moment of the collision. The crash was pretty minor – the bus was traveling at 15 mph and the car was rolling at a slow 2 mph. The Google car hit the right side of the bus as it was trying to maneuver around some sandbags in the street.
Once these types of cars hit the roads of New Hampshire and roads all across our country, it will be interesting to see how they change the concept of liability. Perhaps new laws will have to be made in order to address self-driving vehicles.