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The Many Questions Raised by the Increase in Autonomous Vehicles

By Burg Simpson
May 19, 2017
3 min read

Amid the news that a self-driving semi completed the first shipment by an autonomous vehicle when it traveled from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in late October to deliver a shipment of beer, many thought this was the beginning of a bright future.

But the future might not be as rosy as the autonomous vehicle manufacturers would like you to believe. As noted i006E a series of New York Times articles about self-driving cars, there are a number of challenges manufacturers face. For instance, Google reported that its autonomous vehicles have been in more than 29 accidents since 2010, including one in which the vehicle’s passenger and driver’s side doors were both crushed. Uber has also seen its share of issues, with multiple drivers in Pittsburgh reporting the company’s self-driving vehicles had been involved in accidents and committed errors like driving the wrong way.

Legal Issues Involved in Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles

The use of autonomous vehicles on Colorado’s roadways brings up several thorny legal issues. For starters, autonomous car manufacturers and operators have been quick to deny their vehicles are the cause of accidents; if an autonomous car accident were to occur in Colorado, an injured Colorado motorist might find herself fighting a costly courtroom battle against the likes of Google and Uber.

In addition, the insurance implications of the widespread adoption of self-driving vehicles have not been fully examined: there is the possibility that automobile liability insurance policy requirements might fall in the event of widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles. This could potentially leave some Colorado motorists worse off if they suffer serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident with an autonomous vehicle.

Burg Simpson is Here to Help Colorado Accident Victims

Regardless of the future of autonomous vehicles on Colorado or the nation’s roadways, we will continue to fight for injured Colorado motorists.  We have successfully represented thousands of personal injury clients and have recovered a total of more than $1 billion for those clients in verdicts and settlement, including more than $1 million in more than 100 separate cases.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Colorado and have been injured, contact an experienced car accident attorney with Burg Simpson or contact your Denver personal injury attorney online today.  At Burg Simpson Law Firm, we have a long track record of success in representing clients in serious personal injury matters in our firm’s 40-year history.

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