Autonomous vehicles (AVs) or self-driving cars are a new technology available to drivers that still have some safety issues to resolve. Even the most advanced AVs still require drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road.
As self-driving cars require the backup of a human safety driver behind the wheel, determining liability when something goes wrong can be confusing and complex (from a legal standpoint). If you were involved in an accident involving a Tesla self-driving car, our accident lawyers in West Virginia could help you pursue compensation.
In This Article
- We Will Investigate Your Claim to Help You Prove Fault
- What Your Compensation Could Look Like
- When Should You Seek Legal Advice?
- Who Is Liable When an Accident Happens?
- Call Our Attorneys for a Free, No-Obligation Case Review Today
We Will Investigate Your Claim to Help You Prove Fault
Possibly displaying the future for West Virginia, Texas recently passed Texas Transportation Code §545.454, allowing the operation of AVs. This would be regardless of whether a human operator is physically present in the vehicle. If a compensation claim or lawsuit is filed, current concepts of negligence will still apply. Drivers are still required to carry appropriate insurance.
We like to keep ahead of the curve regarding changes to laws and regulations concerning motor vehicles and standards—including those involving automated vehicles. If your life has been affected by an accident as a motorist, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian with a Tesla AV, our responsive legal team can help you by:
- Investigating how the accident happened
- Identifying responsible parties
- Proving another party’s negligence caused your injuries
- Working with medical and financial experts to evaluate your claim
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Managing the administration of your case
- Representing you in court if an appropriate settlement is not offered
For information about how to claim compensation in an accident caused by a Tesla self-driving car in West Virginia, retain one of our accident lawyers. We can help you determine your legal options.
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What Your Compensation Could Look Like
Evaluating a claim equates to placing a dollar amount on the full impact of the accident on your life. This includes any future expenses that may arise as part of your ongoing care requirements or changes to your career.
Every client is unique. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to the value of a claim. Other elements concerning the accident cause, who is responsible, and the type of injuries sustained also come into play.
Your Award Depends on the Type And Severity of Your Injuries
We can help you pursue the compensation you deserve to make things right, especially if your injuries are serious. You might have suffered:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord or neck injury
- Permanent disability or scarring
- Loss of limbs
- Broken bones or multiple fractures
- Complex injuries
The compensation you could be entitled to can be some or all of the following:
- Current and ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and compensation for any impact on your ability to earn in the future
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience, such as loss of enjoyment of life or the ability to perform everyday tasks independently
- Damaged property
- Compensation for surviving legal beneficiaries in the event of wrongful death
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When Should You Seek Legal Advice?
Many injured people seek legal representation because their injuries prevent them from managing a claim alone. Other reasons include cases where the legal process is more complex. This might pertain to having multiple liable parties or assessing the value of a case involving serious injuries.
We can help if you are searching for a law firm that:
- Provides comprehensive, compassionate client support every step of the way
- Does not shy away from complex legal cases
- Has client testimonials to back up results
- Has the knowledge and resources to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve at this difficult time
Be Aware of Laws That Could Affect Your Right to Claim Compensation
Per WV Code §55-2-12 and WV Code §55-7-6, respectively, the statute of limitations in West Virginia for personal injury and wrongful death is generally two years. However, there are some limited exceptions to the time limit.
Our lawyers are always keen to address your concerns about making a claim. We will clarify your legal situation in a free case evaluation.
Who Is Liable When an Accident Happens?
Confidence in ‘robocars’ is high. Sadly, 2018 saw the first recorded case of a pedestrian fatality involving an AV by Uber. BBC News reports that a lengthy investigation ensued to determine liability in this milestone case.
From the investigation, human error was the primary cause. However, the report highlighted safety concerns for the way Uber implemented driverless tech into their test vehicle. The Elaine Herzberg case demonstrates the lack of regulations regarding AVs and why legal implications are equally important as the technology in this emerging sector.
Future research will look at potentially liable parties in AV accidents. It will also consider the legal, civil, operator, criminal, product, insurance, and moral implications and laws a case of this kind may involve.
Liability in Your Case
Liability can involve multiple parties, such as the:
- Vehicle safety driver
- Vehicle supplier
- Service technician
- Service provider
- Software provider
- Car owner
- Vehicle manufacturer
While the manufacturers of cars and system components may be held liable in any auto collision, it is atypical. However, for fully automated vehicles, the focus of liability may switch to the design or manufacturers. This kind of case may involve product liability rather than driver negligence.
Consequently, major changes are anticipated within both legal and insurance sectors as AVs shift from concept and testing to part of everyday reality.
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Call Our Attorneys for a Free, No-Obligation Case Review Today
The lawyers at our firm understand how being injured can lead to frustrations about how you and your family will manage the financial fallout of an accident.
We provide our legal services on a contingency-fee-basis along with a free initial consultation. So, there are no upfront costs and nothing to pay until we achieve a favorable settlement or verdict. To find out more about your legal options, call Underwood Law Office.