Driverless Cars Raise Accident Liability Questions
Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 - Companies testing computer-controlled driverless cars predict that the new technology could reduce traffic accidents by up to 90 percent. However, some collisions will still occur, and liability involving these vehicles is still uncertain.
Google is developing its own driverless cars, and major automakers are currently testing their models. Autonomous vehicles are already being tested on highways in Florida, one of four states that permits them. Some observers worry about the liability issues that still need to be resolved.
Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney, believes that the legal system is up to the task. “If driverless cars live up to their promise, the safety benefits will be welcome. But when the inevitable accidents do occur, attorneys and courts will have to address liability,” he said. “People who are injured through the fault of another have the right to compensation, and existing theories of liability — including negligence, design defects and manufacturing defects — will have to evolve to meet the challenge.”
A recent paper published by the Brookings Institution, “Products Liability and Driverless Cars,” explored legal issues and guiding principles for legislation. The author of the report said that the law of product liability is already evolving, and that courts addressing issues involving new technology have usually handled them competently.
Although some accidents are inevitable, the development of autonomous vehicles is expected to have a huge positive impact on traffic safety. Currently, more than 90 percent of accidents are believed to be caused by human error.
Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
View Larger Map
- Florida wrongful death lawsuit settled for $1.7 million
The parents of a young mentally ill man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in Florida have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1.7 million. Michael Camberdella was shot and killed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy in Boynton Beach, Florida in 2012. According to the family’s attorney, Michael, age 18, […]
- Multi-million dollar jury award in Florida brain injury lawsuit
A jury awarded $18 million to a Florida man who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bar fight. Joshua Mathews suffered brain injuries after a 2012 altercation at Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach, Florida. Mathews fell and hit his head on the cement after being punched in the face. He filed a lawsuit against […]
- Florida man sentenced in pill mill case
A Florida man was sentenced to 44 months in prison and three years of supervised release for unlawfully operating a pill mill in Georgia that made over $1.8 million. Marc Frazier was also ordered to give up assets of more than $500,000 from the pill mill. The “pain management clinic” known as Apex Health & […]
- Florida appeals court sides with Tampa General Hospital in medical malpractice case
An appeals court upheld a ruling shielding Tampa General Hospital from potential medical malpractice liability in a case over a patient who died during surgery. The 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by a circuit judge granting summary judgment to Tampa General Hospital. The appeals court agreed with the judge on the central […]
- Two Florida doctors to begin serving pill mill sentences
Two Florida doctors must begin serving their prison sentences in October, three years after their convictions on money laundering charges related to a chain of Florida pill mills, a federal judge ruled. Cynthia Cadet must turn herself in to begin serving a 6 1/2 year sentence on Oct. 3, while Joseph Castronuovo was given until […]