This has been the procedure since the first two Model T’s bumped fenders: You get into an auto accident. The police are called and a report is filed. You and the other driver exchange insurance information. You contact your agent and, if necessary, your attorney.
But what if the other car involved in the accident had no driver? With the grandiose speculation/anticipation of the takeover of driverless cars in the not-so-distant future comes a myriad of problems, many of them legal in nature. Who’s legally responsible when a self-driving vehicle causes an accident – the manufacturer? The vehicle’s owner? The dealership? No one?
Tesla, one of the aggressive players in this space, is trying to get out in front of this issue, attempting to establish a legal standing that will allow the company to avoid all liability claims for their driverless vehicles. This comes in reaction to lawsuits brought by owners of Tesla self-driving vehicles that manufacturing defects caused accidents, including fatal accidents, and that the autopilot vehicles simply aren’t safe.
Check-out the company’s defense here: Tesla: No Legal Duty to Make ‘Failsafe’ Car. But make sure you have your seatbelt on first, as these claims may surprise you.
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