Some believe driverless cars are the future of transportation. To be sure, driverless cars have certain advantages, one of which is that most car crash deaths are caused by driver error, such as distracted driving and excessive speed. However, driverless cars also raise new legal questions and safety concerns in Connecticut car accident cases and throughout the country.
For example, there is a question of who the “driver” is in a driverless car accident. Depending on the technology involved and the circumstances of the accident, it may be the person behind the wheel, the manufacturer of the vehicle, a rideshare company, or a technology company. While in most car accident cases, the question is whether a driver acted negligently, in driverless car accidents, the question may center around whether there was some design defect in the vehicle or the autonomous technology.
While some of these issues have arisen in the wake of driverless car accidents, as time goes on and the technology becomes more prevalent, courts will be required to tackle myriad unanticipated issues involving the new technology. A recent accident in Arizona was the most recent to involve these issues.