The “phantom-auto”, Pontiac’s driverless vehicle which delighted crowds of onlookers during demonstrations in the 1930’s, was controlled via Morse key, and closely followed by a second, conventionally driven vehicle in the event intervention was required. Fast forward to the release of Google’s self-driven vehicle program which launched in California back in 2009, Uber has deployed a “test fleet” of self-driven vehicles in Pittsburgh. Already there has been a reported incident of one of these vehicles driving itself into oncoming traffic.
In February of this year, the Department of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared that autonomous vehicles are now considered legal drivers, in the eyes of the law anyway.
What does this mean for drivers involved in a collision with a driverless vehicle? Car accidents can happen to any driver, human or not, regardless of skill level and road conditions. If you are involved in a car accident and sustain personal injury here are some factors to take into consideration.
Call the police as soon as possible, regardless of how minor an accident may seem. Make sure you obtain a copy of the report.
Exchange insurance information with the other driver.
Seek medical attention. At the moment of impact, injuries sustained may not be apparent right away. Several days or even weeks after the accident, you may begin to feel the effects of the accident.
Find the right personal injury attorney in Miami immediately following your car accident can help mediate between insurance companies, ensure deadlines set forth are met, and that timely appropriate medical care is given.
Traffic in Miami is crazy. Add a few driverless vehicles and we don’t stand a chance. Don’t be unprepared, contact the Gallardo Law firm when injured in a car accident, or suffering from personal injury, even if at the hands of a self-driven uber.