With more self-driving vehicles on the road, more of them are being involved in accidents. While some accidents are chalked up to the fault of the human driver, others might be caused by the self-driving car.
Driverless cars use advanced technology, such as radar, GPS, laser vision, computer vision, and sensors to “see.” If this technology doesn’t work properly, then an accident might result.
Many of these self-driving vehicles are being operated by Lyft to transport paying passengers. You might be wondering is Lyft at fault if I am hit by a self-driving car. Just like other accidents, it depends on the factors and that would be answered on a case by case basis.
Determining Who's at Fault if You Were Hit by a Self-Driving Car
Just like as with any other motor vehicle accident, an investigation will be done to determine who was at fault for the crash and liable for the damages. The at-fault party is usually liable for the damages that resulted.
You will need to call the police and make sure an accident report is filed by local law enforcement. The police will investigate the crash and often, they indicate who is to blame for the damages that resulted. If you can, take photos of the accident scene and the damages to the vehicles. This can be done using your smartphone.
The Four Elements of Negligence
When you are pursuing a personal injury claim, you must show that the other party was negligent. If you can prove negligence, you can have a successful claim. There are four elements of negligence – duty, breach, cause, and damages.
If you were hit by a self-driving car, you need to show that the vehicle had a duty. In this case, the duty was to adhere to traffic laws. If that car ran a stop sign or crossed into your lane of traffic, the duty was breached. Then, you must show that breach led to the accident.
In this case, that would be hitting your vehicle. You will then show your damages and prove that those damages resulted from the accident in question. Your documentation will help you prove this.
Keep medical records, medical bills, proof of lost wages, photos of damages and injuries, an estimate for repairs to your car, and proof of other losses.
What Kinds of Damages You Might Suffer
There are various damages that might be suffered in an accident with a self-driving car. Those damages might be medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of earnings, pain and suffering, permanent scarring and disfigurement, disabilities, property damages, and more.
Your attorney will investigate the accident and help determine which damages you suffered. This way, everything can be detailed in your personal injury claim.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in an accident with a driverless car and you are wondering if Lyft is at fault, consult with a personal injury attorney. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to get your case reviewed by an accident injury lawyer today.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Lyft, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.