Were you in a crash with a self-driving car? If so, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. Personal injury lawsuits are available to people who were injured by another party due to negligence or carelessness. Personal injury claims against a self-driving car are very challenging, so it's advisable to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
How is a Crash Different With a Self-Driving Car?
If you were involved in a crash with a self-driving car, one fundamental difference between your claim and another typical personal injury claim will be that you may need to file your claim against the car manufacturer. Usually driver error is the cause of a crash, and you file the claim with the driver's insurance company. This may not be the case when you're hit by a self-driving car.
When you're in a crash with a self-driving car, it'll also be difficult to prove that the other vehicle was at fault for the accident. Negligence plays a key role in personal injury claims. If you were at fault for the crash, you may not be able to file any claim against the other driver or the car manufacturer.
How Do State Laws Change PI Claims Against Self-Driving Cars?
Filing a claim against a self-driving car will vary depending on which state you live in. For example, some states do not let you file a personal injury claim after an auto accident if you were just 1% at fault for the accident. Other states allow you to file a PI claim if you were 99% at fault for an accident.
Statue of limitations will also play a large role in your personal injury claim. You may have a full six years to file a claim in some states like Maine, but in Louisiana, you'll only have one year to file a claim.
Here's a little more information on filing a claim after an accident with a self-driving car depending on where you live: