Although autonomous vehicles are promoted as safe, wrecks involving vehicles made or operated by companies like Tesla are proof that this new technology comes with risks. If you’ve been involved in an accident, our lawyers are up to date on this evolving industry and can help.
SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Our highways have become the testing ground for thousands of self-driving vehicles, from small passenger cars to big delivery trucks. While Tesla and other self-driving auto-manufacturers, such as Aurora, Ford/Argo, Waymo, Tusimple, and Kodiak Robotics, insist that they will make our roadways safer, we’re currently seeing a surge in serious self-driving auto-accidents.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating dozens of crashes involving automated driver-assist systems, including a recent fatal car accident in Texas that occurred while Tesla’s autopilot driving technology was engaged.
Injuries from self-driving accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Wrongful Death
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck & Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Soft Tissue Injuries
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a self-driving car in Corpus Christi, our injury lawyers are up to date on this evolving industry. We don’t hesitate to take on powerful corporations and seek compensation for injury victims.
COMPENSATION MAY BE AVAILABLE
If you (or a loved one) experienced injuries in an auto accident involving a self-driving vehicle, we can help you seek an award for your:
- Loss of income during your recovery
- Loss of future earning capacity (if your injury affects you long-term)
- Medical bills (including past, present, and future costs)
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Property damage
We can also help you seek compensation for intangible losses such as:
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
If you lost a loved one, your compensatory damages could comprise:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of companionship
- And more
We manage every aspect of your injury case
You don’t have to deal with major corporations on your own. We will deal with every detail involved in your claim or lawsuit.
- Investigate your accident
- Assign liability
- Determine a fair value for your case
- Handle the communications involved in settlement negotiations
- Litigate on your behalf, if a settlement isn’t possible
- Ensure your case complies with any important deadlines
- Use our knowledge of state and federal law to seek results for you
A case against a major corporation must be built on solid evidence. This is one reason why you may wish to work with our team. We have experience winning compensation, and we know what goes into building a successful case.
WHO IS LIABLE?
Self-driving vehicles have already caused many collisions throughout the country. Who is responsible when these accidents occur is unsettled. However, determining who’s at fault will depend on one question: What caused the crash?
Consider these possibilities:
- The self-driving vehicle is not in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, and the driver is negligent, then the driver could be liable for resulting injuries.
- A defective part unrelated to the autonomous feature might have caused the accident, in this case, the manufacturer may be responsible and liable for negligent design, testing, or manufacturing.
- The self-driving vehicle was using the autonomous system at the time of the crash and a defect in the hardware or software is found to be the cause, the manufacturer of the technology and the vehicle manufacturer will be legally responsible for any damages.The nature of these cases are quite complex and many different companies may be responsible for the different components of the vehicle. Because of this, multiple parties may be liable.
Autonomous vehicles are already testing their capabilities on the road—and causing accidents. As sophisticated and precise as their software and guidance systems are, they are not perfect.
For instance, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 2018, an experimental self-driving Uber vehicle killed an Arizona pedestrian. The vehicle could not accurately predict the pedestrian’s movements.
These are some organizations that are testing self-driving vehicles:
- Ford / Argo
- Kodiak Robotics
Our lawyers understand the complexities of these incidents and are ready to hold the manufacturers and operators responsible for harm they caused.
Recently, multiple autonomous vehicles have failed to properly identify pedestrians walking across a roadway. These failures have resulted in serious injury or death of individuals, due to no fault of their own. Pedestrians present a difficult challenge for autonomous vehicle makers and it is their duty to meet this challenge. If you or a loved one are hit by an autonomous vehicle, call us immediately.
AUTONOMOUS BIG RIG ACCIDENTS
Tesla, Ryder, and Embark are pushing ahead with driverless big rigs. These are not yet dangers that we are seeing on the roads. However, our team is prepared to stand up for the rights of passenger vehicle drivers.
Someday soon, these huge vehicles will be driving themselves—and we know how lethal a big rig crash can be. We’re ready to handle cases involving autonomous company vehicles.
Why choose HMG?
We are not afraid of going up against major corporations. In fact, we are often able to secure out-of-court settlements for victims. When corporations see that we’re representing someone, they sometimes decide going to court isn’t worth it.
You may want to work with our team because of:
- Our results: We have recovered multi-million-dollar awards and settlements for injury victims. In one case against General Motors, we were able to secure a $90 million settlement for a case involving ignition defects.
- Our contingency-fee based structure: In most cases, we are able to represent victims based on contingency. We don’t ask for upfront payment to get started on your case. We only get paid if you do.
- Our free case consultations: You can learn more about your case and options at no cost. Here, you can bring up your questions and concerns about the legal process, and we will address all of them.
The statute of limitations could limit your time to file suit
There is a deadline to file a lawsuit after your accident. We can tell you more about how the statute of limitations could affect your case after reviewing your situation.
You may also want to get started on your case sooner rather than later for many other reasons. For instance, an early start can help us gather important evidence. The sooner you get started on your case, the sooner we can get to work.
NO CHARGE FOR INITIAL CONSULTATION
Please call for a free initial consultation. If we take your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we win.
Our team in Corpus Christi is ready to go after the best possible results for you.
Call someone from our team today to get started at (361) 882-1612. We can manage your accident case involving a self-driving car.