Who is at Fault in a Self-Driving Car Accident?

Woman sitting in self-driving car

As self-driving cars become more popular, the inevitable question of who is at fault in an accident arises. In a regular car, it is relatively simple to determine who is responsible. However, when driving is AI-controlled, it becomes much more complicated. Several factors must be considered, including whether or not the self-driving car was following the laws of the road and whether or not human intervention was required to avoid the accident.

The Cunningham Bounds team is here to highlight who else, besides the driver, can be found at fault for a self-driving car accident.

The Manufacturer or Retailer

If the car’s manufacturer failed to design the car properly or the self-driving technology fails suddenly, they could be found liable for the accident. It’s essential to note that this situation would be considered a product liability case, and a personal injury attorney must prove the accident was a direct result of a defective part.

In other situations, if the retailer fails to address a defective product or maintain the car, they can also be held liable. If it’s proven that the accident happened due to human error, the driver’s chances at compensation are reduced, and they can be held responsible.

The Government

In some situations, even the government can be found responsible if a poorly designed road causes an accident. Similar to filing a product liability claim, we do not recommend filing this type of case alone. Going up against an entity like the government requires extensive experience that only certain law firms, like ours, can handle.

Our personal injury attorneys at Cunningham Bounds can help if you have been injured in a self-driving car accident. We understand how unique these cases can be, and we’re here to offer our resources to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To get in touch with one of our personal injury attorneys, give our office a call at (844) 417-0930 or visit our website to fill out a consultation request form.