Driverless Cars Might Be Closer Than We Think
A recent issue of The Economist had an article on recent developments in driverless cars. As the author laid out, driverless cars might be closer to reality than you might think. For instances, research teams at Google have already logged nearly a million miles of driverless driving without an accident – a feat the average human driver cannot claim. And in Nevada, the state legislature has been busy crafting new laws allowing driverless cars to share the road with human operators.
However, as highways become more automated, new potential problems arise. For example, computer failures on the road and the challenges of integrating human drivers with driverless cars make future collisions on the road inevitable for the foreseeable future.
The good news for personal injury victims is that the same toolbox will aid personal injury attorneys advocate for their clients. In evaluating whether personal injury victims can legally recover for their injuries in most cases, the standard will continue to be one of “negligence,” that is, whether a person using ordinary care in the defendant’s position would have taken the same steps. If the defendant – whether human driver or computer operator – failed to use ordinary care, she will continue to be responsible for the harm she causes.
Ultimately, this is yet another example of how PI attorneys are using old tools to address new issues. At Zinda Law Group, our PI attorneys are always looking for new ways to stay cutting edge.