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Determining liability when autonomous vehicles cause accidents

| Jan 24, 2020 | Car Accidents |

It may be difficult to determine who is liable for an accident between an autonomous vehicle and one controlled by a person. If such an event were to take place on a Tennessee road or highway, it is possible that multiple parties will be held responsible. This was the case in an accident that occurred in Arizona in which an Uber autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the vehicle, the safety driver and the victim were all to blame. The state of Arizona was also partially to blame according to the NTSB. A new study has tried to determine how to assign guilt in the aftermath of a crash between an autonomous vehicle and a human driver. It found that human drivers tend to believe that the autonomous cars will do more to overcome their risky behaviors.

Therefore, they may be more likely to take risks when they encounter such a vehicle. The researchers also found that autonomous vehicles may be safer when companies face less pressure to maximize their profit potential. They suggest that companies that make autonomous vehicles should be given subsidies to lower the cost of production. Doing so could help them balance the need for safety with the need to keep costs to a minimum.

Individuals who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation whether a vehicle is controlled by a person or a computer. In a car accident case, the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident might be liable for damages incurred by an injured person. The manufacturer of the vehicle could also be liable for damages. An attorney may use witness statements, a police report or other evidence to help a victim obtain a favorable outcome.