Driverless Cars and Personal Injury

The news of the death of Joshua Brown has brought about a number of legal concerns for the future of driverless cars, and who is to blame when the technology fails and people get injured.

Joshua Brown was the sole passenger in the latest Tesla automobile, which was engaged in Autopilot mode when a tragic malfunction occurred, sending the vehicle directly into a large articulated lorry. This caused his instant death along with a huge range of questions for who was legally responsible.

The family of Mr Brown are quite rightly looking for justice and compensation for the accident, which wasn’t a result of human error.

The rise of autonomous motors has meant that instead of drivers being held accountable, it could now turn to vehicle manufacturers, like Tesla, being held to account when their technology fails.

It is already known that Google, Tesla and Uber are all trialling driverless cars and all see this as the future of travel in the coming decades.

This situation arose in the USA where laws were made to allow the use of driverless cars; however little consideration has been given to instances as mentioned above; and as such the world is now watching to see how the legal side of this tragic accident plays out as it will undoubtedly have an effect on the future of the technology as well as the laws created to allow the introduction of such tech into countries like ours.