Motor vehicle accidents happen all the time in California. Anyone who has spent hours delayed in traffic because of a fender bender knows that. Many cars and trucks are built to prevent or mitigate injury to their occupants, but motorcycles offer no such protection to their riders.
Driving, especially in the Golden State, is entering an age in which drivers may not be the only ones liable for damages after an injury in a motorcycle crash. A biker is suing the manufacturer of self-driving cars, which rely on artificial intelligence to navigate, after a collision in San Francisco.
The claim states that a self-driving car was changing lanes when it abruptly switched back to the original lane, knocking the motorcyclist to the ground and injuring him. The aftermath left him unable to work while recovering from his injuries.
The suit is one of the first involving an autonomous car and is seeking damages in excess of $75,000. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has recorded at least 54 accidents involving the new technology since it began testing four years ago. Some reports state that drivers rely too much on the new technology.
People injured in motorcycle accidents with self-driving cars and other vehicles have the right to seek damages from the responsible parties, including drivers and manufacturers.
An attorney can help file a claim for reimbursement of medical expenses or wages lost due to injuries, as well as compensation for pain and emotional distress. Legal representation may make personal injury claims easier and more likely to be successful in settlements or court actions.
Source: The Washington Post, “After crash, injured motorcyclist accuses robot-driven vehicle of ‘negligent driving’,” Peter Holley, Jan. 25, 2018