With experts predicting that our streets will someday soon be filled with self-driving or autonomous vehicles, this vehicle revolution will not come without consequence, according to an analysis on Law 360.
“Self-driving technology is likely to lead to increased litigation — including class actions — over accidents allegedly caused by self-driving vehicles. As self-driving technology becomes more prevalent, it is only a matter of time before manufacturers and others involved in the self-driving industry face a spike in litigation,” Matthew D. Berkowitz and Brian M. O’Shea wrote.
Berkowitz and O’Shea look at the first-of-its-kind case, where plaintiffs sued Tesla Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Tesla was solely liable for an accident that killed a man in Tokyo, because the driver had his vehicle’s Autopilot driver-assist system engaged at the time of the accident.
Matthew D. Berkowitz is a partner and Brian M. O’Shea is an associate at Carr Maloney PC.
In 2018 ILR published Torts Of The Future: Autonomous Vehicles. This research compiled insights from two years of research on emerging liability and regulation issues for autonomous vehicles.